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The American Clipper Ship, 1845–1920

Year: 2014
Language: english
Author: Knoblock G.A.
Genre: History
Publisher: McFarland & Co
ISBN: 978-0786471126
Format: EPUB
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 721
Description: 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.
Additional info: Review
"solid...detail of the work is impressive...recommended"--Choice; "comprehensive history...extraordinarily rich detail...a valuable contribution to American maritime history"--The International Journal of Maritime History; "this substantial book is exactly what it says it is in the subtitle. Extensively researched and well put together, it has a very useful index and a most impressive bibliography. There are more than 360 pages of extremely detailed descriptions of most the world's significant clippers and their builders. There are also numerous excellent engravings to illustrate the text...a very useful presentation of very important and interesting history"--Work Boat World; "substantial...extensively researched and well put together...a very useful presentation of very important and interesting history"--Ausmarine; "worthy inclusion for any library collection...most useful"--ARBA; "an enjoyable and fulfilling read....Knoblock has applied thorough research and a deep personal interest in the subject to put together a credible, well-written excellent volume"--The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord.
About the Author
Author and lecturer Glenn A. Knoblock is the author of many works of history. The top military contributor to Harvard/Oxford University Press eight volume African-American National Biography (2008), he also writes on local history. He lives in Wolfeboro Falls, New Hampshire.



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