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Warships of the World to 1900


Year: 2000
Language: english
Author: Paine L.P.
Genre: Guide
Publisher: Mariner Books
ISBN: 0395984149
Format: PDF
Quality: Scanned pages
Pages count: 292
Description: WARSHIPS OF THE WORLD TO 1900 traces the history of naval warfare through the stories of more than two hundred of the most famous and important fighting ships, from the earliest triremes and Viking longships to the Mary Rose, Wasa, Bonhomme Richard, HMS Victory, USS Constitution, USS Monitor, and Mikasa. Each ship is described in a vivid short essay that captures its personality as well as its physical characteristics, construction, and history, from the drawing board to the scrap yard or museum. Paintings and photographs show the grandeur and grace of these vessels that helped shape world events. An introductory essay, maps, and a chronology offer the reader a global perspective on the course of naval history from antiquity to the present.
This book tells the stories of more than 200 individual fighting ships built before 1900. For the most part, these ships represent a naval tradition that has its roots in the ancient Mediterranean. The reason for this particular focus lies in the historiography of the subject: either the documentary evidence from other early naval traditions is incomplete, or researchers have yet to unearth the sort of information contained in this book. The focus of this book is on vessels built or used primarily for organized naval warfare as we understand it today, that is, ships operating in concert with other ships or individually, but within a discernible hierarchy of command and control determined by the state.
It should be stressed, however, that collectively these ships"
stories touch on only a few highlights of world naval history before
1900.
Additional info: About the Author
Lincoln P. Paine, formerly editor of Sea History magazine and director of the Schooners Foundation, is a member of the national advisory board of the American Sail Training Association. He lives with his family in Portland, Maine. Lincoln P. Paine's SHIPS OF THE WORLD: AN HISTORICAL HISTORICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA was honored as one of the best reference books of the year by the New York Public Library, and Library Journal described it as "clearly the most fascinating book of the year." Now, in two equally fascinating new books, Paine focuses on two of the most interesting areas of maritime history: WARSHIPS OF THE WORLD TO 1900 and SHIPS OF DISCOVERY AND EXPLORATION.

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