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Great Classic Sailing Ships
Author: Kenneth Giggal
Publisher: Chancellor Press
Quality: Scanned pages
Pages count: 136
The book is on the world's most famous sailing ships, with original paintings by the Dutch artist Cornelis de Vries, whose ship portraits are well detailed. He has a vast knowledge of sailing ships and, wherever possible, works from archive collections of original shipbuilders' designs and sail plans. As a result, these specially commissioned paintings provide an accurate representation of the original ships.
Most of the ships included in this work were built in the 400 year period, between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, when ships and the sea played a vitally important part in the lives of nations and men.
The text covers both the well-known and lesser-known facts associated with each ship. From famous captains such as Columbus, Magellan and Vasco de Gama and their voyages of discovery across uncharted seas, to the well-known names of ships, such as HMS Victory and USS Constitution, which played significant roles in the politics and independence of their countries. It also includes commercial vessels, such as 'The Flying Dutchman' or 'Cutty Sark', which led the way in cutting down travelling time, racing the seas between such far-flung shores as Australia, the Orient and the western seaboard of America.
Text by Kenneth Giggal, paintings by Cornelis de Vries