Synopses & Reviews
Of all the ships human beings have constructed to navigate the waters of the world—from a hollowed-out log sharpened at both ends to modern ocean liners weighing thousands of tons—those powered by the wind are among the most interesting and beautiful.
In this classic review, noted maritime artist Gordon Grant has created 80 magnificent line illustrations of some of history's most important sailing ships, beginning with a graceful Egyptian galley (c. 1600 B.C.) and ending with a splendid five-masted clipper ship of 1921. Also depicted are a Roman trireme, a Viking longship, a sixteenth-century caravel, an East Indiaman of 1750, an early nineteenth-century brigantine, a New Bedford whaling bark, and dozens of lesser-known vessels, among them the galleass, carrack, buss, and flute.
Henry B. Culver, well-known authority on naval history, has provided a detailed, meticulously researched text for each vessel, describing the materials and details of construction, how the ship's design matched its function, the period in which the vessel flourished, romance and lore surrounding the craft, and more. Naval historians and model shipbuilders will value this work as an excellent sourcebook and reference with much information on the evolution of sailing vessels, the origins of shipping, customs of the sea and other pertinent matters; sailing enthusiasts will find it a wonderful browsing book, offering an informative, handsomely illustrated look back at 3,000 years of sailing history.
Dover (1992) unabridged republication of The Book of Old Ships: and Something of Their Evolution and Romance, published by Doubleday, Page and Company, Garden City, New York, 1924.
Superb, authoritative history of sailing vessels, with 80 magnificent line illustrations by noted maritime illustrator Gordon Grant. Ships include a Roman trireme, Viking longship, 16th-century caravel, New Bedford whaling bark, 19th-century brigantine, many more. Detailed text on each vessel by noted naval historian. Introduction. Appendix, including Notes.
Superb, authoritative history of sailing vessels, with 80 magnificent line illustrations. Galley, bark, caravel, longship, whaler, many more. Detailed, informative text on each vessel by noted naval historian. Introduction.
Table of Contents
PART I LONG SHIPS
"AN EGYPTIAN GALLEY, 1600 B.C."
"A GREEK GALLEY, 500 B.C."
A ROMAN TRIREME
THE VIKING LONG SHIP
THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY GALLEY
PART II ROUND SHIPS
A GREEK MERCHANTMAN
A MEDIÆVAL SHIP
A THIRTEENTH CENTURY ENGLISH WARSHIP
AN EARLY FIFTEENTH CENTURY MERCHANT SHIP
LATE FIFTEENTH CENTURY SHIP
AN EARLY SIXTEENTH CENTURY SHIP
AN ELIZABETHAN SHIP OF 1588
A LATE SIXTEENTH CENTURY ENGLISH SHIP
AN EARLY SEVENTEENTH CENTURY DUTCH MERCHANT SHIP
THE DUTCH GALLIOT
AN ENGLISH CAPITAL SHIP ON THE EARLY SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
AN ENGLISH SIXTY-GUN SHIP OF ABOUT THE YEAR 1670
A LATE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY FRENCH SHIP OF THE FIRST RATE
A DUTCH SHIP OF THE END OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
AN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY SEVENTY-FOUR GUN SHIP
AN EAST INDIAMAN OF 1750
AN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY FRIGATE
THE BARQUE PROVENÇALE
THE NORWEGIAN CAT
THE FIRE SHIP
A CAPITAL SHIP OF 1820
A FRIGATE OF 1820
"EXTRACTS FROM THE LOG OF THE SHIP "FELICITY"
THE TOPSAIL SCHOONER
THE PACKET SHIP
A NEW BEDFORD WHALING BARK
CLIPPER SHIP OF 1850
THE MODERN SUPER SHIP
PLAN OF A GALLEY
SIX TYPICAL STERNS
THE SETTING OF STUD SAILS
A TYPICAL BOW