Synopses & Reviews
Knoblock tells the full story of the American clipper ships fromtheir first development during the 1840s through the full height of their activities and achievements during the 1850s to their lateroperations into the early 20th century. He strives to be accessible to general readers and nautical novices while also providinginteresting information for maritime enthusiasts who have already studied clipper ships extensively. Among his topics are the design ofa clipper ship, the clipper ship builders, clipper ship voyages and trade, fast passages and record-setting voyages, and shipwrecks and other noteworthy clipper events.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
This work offers a new and comprehensive account of the fastest and most beautiful sailing ships ever built. It explores the quest for speed on the seas from the early 1800s through the fast-paced times of the 1850s spurred on by the California Gold Rush of 1849. Not only are the career details of such noted ships as the Flying Cloud and Challenge discussed in detail, but they are also put in context with the times in which they operated. Their builders in East Coast states from Maine to Florida are discussed in detail, as are the men, and a woman in one instance, who commanded and manned these ships. The book documents the roles that owners and shipping agents played, what kinds of cargo the ships carried worldwide and the unusual trades in which they participated.