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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History: 4 Volume Set (Hardcover)
by John B. Hattendorf (Editor)

Here is an encyclopedia of maritime history that, in scope and depth, rivals the expansiveness of the sea itself. The Encyclopedia covers the entire history of seafaring, from ancient Egyptian shipbuilders to Viking sea-raiders, from Nelson and the Napoleonic Wars to the voyages of Cheng Ho, from the European conquerors of the New World to the nuclear submarines and supertankers of today.

The Young Sea Officer's Sheet Anchor The Young Sea Officer's Sheet Anchor
Or a Key to the Leading of Rigging and to Practical Seamanship
by Darcy Lever

This reprint of Darcy Lever's 1819 second edition is a true treasure. For those interested in naval history and square-rigged ships, this book is an absolute necessity.

The Making of a Sailor The Making of a Sailor
or Sea Life Aboard a Yankee Square-Rigger
by Frederick Pease Harlow

This is the best description of the hard life of an American sailor in the 1870s. It is well documented with sea chanteys, pictures and explanatory footnotes.

Jack Tar : A Sailor's Life : 1750-1910 Jack Tar : A Sailor's Life : 1750-1910 (Marine Art & Antiques)
by J. Welles Henderson, Rodney P. Carlisle

This beautifully illustrated book paints a realistic picture of the everyday life of the ordinary seaman in the American and British navies from 1750 to 1910 through manuscripts, journals, diaries, logs, books, ceramics, textiles, metals, ship models, and photography.

American Sailing Ships : Their Plans and History American Sailing Ships : Their Plans and History
by Charles G. Davis

In nearly 140 photographs, prints and plans (most drawn by the author, an accomplished marine architect), you'll find a first-rate cross-section of a wide range of sailing ships from the eighteenth through early twentieth centuries.

The America's Cup : 1851 to the Present Day The America's Cup : 1851 to the Present Day
by Olin Stephens (Editor), Beken of Cowes

The America's Cup presents a history of the race as told by photographs of the boats that sailed for the cup. Featuring over 100 classic images from the Beken of Cowes archives and an introductory essay by designer Olin Stephens about the changes in yacht design over the decades, The America's Cup is a treat for salty sea dogs and land lubbers alike.

Sailing at the U.S. Naval Academy : An Illustrated History Sailing at the U.S. Naval Academy : An Illustrated History
by Robert W. McNitt

McNitt imposingly covers the history of not only yachting but, reaching back to the days when sail-training vessels were first-line warships, also sail training at Annapolis.

The Seaman's Friend The Seaman's Friend
Containing a Treatise on Practical Seamanship
by Richard Henry Dana Jr., Richard Henry Dana
The Last of the Wind Ships The Last of the Wind Ships
by Alan John Villiers (Photographer)

A tribute to the last days of the great merchant sailboats and their crews from a unique photographic talent. The photographic work of Alan Villiers is arguably the most important photo-historical record of early-twentieth-century maritime history in the world. In capturing on film life aboard the last of the great merchant sail ships, he has provided us with a singular record of the end of an era.

Last of the Cape Horners Last of the Cape Horners
Firsthand Accounts from the Final Days of the Commercial Tall Ships
by Spencer Apollonio (Editor)

An exciting anthology of the best-written and most-representative accounts of life aboard commercial square-rigged sailing ships in the final fifty years of their existence.

Daily Life in the Age of Sail Daily Life in the Age of Sail
The Greenwood Press "Daily Life Through History" Series
by Dorothy Denneen Volo, James M. Volo

From the Thirteenth century through the Nineteenth, the waterways of the world provided the major means of transportation for exploration, trade, the military, and even criminals. Find out what life was like for those who chose to sail the high seas, as well as for those who didn't choose to be on board, like wives brought to sea by husbands and slaves en route to the auction block.

Women Sailors and Sailors' Women : An Untold Maritime History Women Sailors and Sailors' Women : An Untold Maritime History
by David Cordingly

A distinguished nautical historian provides an absolutely fascinating glimpse into the lives of the intrepid women who went to sea during the great age of sail. Countless females set sail for reasons of adventure, romance, or duty in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. Included among their numbers were the wives or mistresses of ships' officers, prostitutes, female pirates, and women disguised as male sailors.

Conway History of Seafaring in the Twentieth Century Conway History of Seafaring in the Twentieth Century
by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

A maritime history of the 20th century, covering every aspect of shipping, from commercial and merchant shipping to today's yacht races and cruise ships. A full chapter is devoted to sailing ships.

Ocean Liners
The Fabulous Interiors of the Great Ocean Liners in Historic Photographs The Fabulous Interiors of the Great Ocean Liners in Historic Photographs
by William H. Miller

Board the elegant queens and "floating palaces" of nearly a century and walk their historic decks and passageways into a magical world. This beautifully printed volume offers over 200 superb black-and-white photographs depicting the lavish interiors of the most magnificent liners that sailed the seas from the 1890s to the 1980s.

Great Luxury Liners, 1927-1954 Great Luxury Liners, 1927-1954
by William H. Miller

The great luxury liners are all but extinct today, a glorious closed chapter in the history of transportation. This sumptuous volume recalls that splendid time when the great steamers were the proudest ships afloat. Over 180 superb photographs (many never before published and rare) depict, both exterior and interior, a total of 101 ships.

Pictorial Encyclopedia of Ocean Liners 1860-1994 Pictorial Encyclopedia of Ocean Liners 1860-1994 : 417 Photographs
by William H. Miller

A Dover original. Covering all ships of 15,000 tons and over from The Great Eastern (1860) to the Grand Princess (due 1997 at 100,000 tons). Four hundred photos are captioned with data on builder, tonnage, length, beam, speed, passenger capacity.

Picture History of the Cunard Line, 1840-1990 Picture History of the Cunard Line, 1840-1990 
by Frank Osborn Braynard, William H. Miller

Two noted authorities on ocean liners have assembled a memorable pictorial tribute to the Cunard Line. An extensive text, fact-filled captions, and scores of dramatic photos and illustrations depict and describe an eye-filling convoy of Cunard ships that made maritime history, including the Campania and Lucania, the Mauretania, the ill-fated Lusitania, the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth 2.

Dusk to Dawn : Survivor Accounts of the Last Night on the Titanic Dusk to Dawn : Survivor Accounts of the Last Night on the Titanic
by Paul J. Quinn

More than 85 years after her sinking, the story of the Titanic continues to fascinate us. Now Paul Quinn brings us a fresh narrative featuring extensive survivor testimony and all new artwork.

Titanic: Triumph and Tragedy Titanic: Triumph and Tragedy
by Charles A. Haas (Contributor), John P. Eaton

In its boxy photographic layout and sober prose, the book feels like a historic artifact itself. The authors scrupulously avoid any trace of modern hype, letting the quietly stated facts speak for themselves.

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