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Ship (Reaktion Books - Objekt)

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From oar-powered quinqueremes, to steam-powered freighters, to luxury ocean liners such as the Titanic, to aircraft carriers like the Abraham Lincoln, ships have played an integral role in trade, transportation, and war throughout history. Today, ships remain the largest and most expensive moving objects on the planet; engineers and designers constantly push the limits of design, creating vessels that continue to rival newer technologies such as airplanes and cars. But unlike other more common modes of transportation, the great ships of the world travel in the deep oceans, out of sight and out of mind—until, that is, something goes wrong. In Ship, Gregory Votolato explores the fiction and the reality of modern ships, the technology that creates them, and the events that can lead to disasters such as the Exxon Valdez or Amoco Cadiz. 

Here Votolato delves into the world of the ship, describing the unpredictable and often-hostile environment of weather at sea, the resurgent threats posed by pirates, and the responsibilities of captains and crews onboard. Ships broad overview of technology and design also offers unique insights into this extraordinary result of human creativity. Votolatos book will appeal to readers interested in the general design history of ships as well as their social, political, and technological impact on our modern world.

 

About the Author

Gregory Votolato is a lecturer at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. He is the author of American Design in the Twentieth Century and Transport Design: A Travel History, the latter also published by Reaktion Books.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1   Voyager

2   Myth and Image

3   Conflict

4   Cargo

5   Port

References

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Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861897725
Author:
Votolato, Gregory
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
Industrial
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Objekt
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 color plates, 70 halftones
Pages:
303
Dimensions:
8.4 x 6 in

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