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Sailing Ships


Year: 1974
Language: english
Author: Brophy P.
Genre: History
Publisher: Hamlyn
ISBN: 0-600-37977-9
Format: PDF
Quality: Scanned pages
Pages count: 136
Description: This is the story of the sailing ship as a trading vessel. In a broad survey which begins with the reed rafts of the Egyptians and ends with the coastal craft and training ships of today, Patrick Brophy keeps two questions continually before him. How did trade influence the development of the sailing ship and what part did current technology play in that development?
Many of the world’s great sailing transport vessels are here: East Indiamen armed to the teeth and ready to fight for the rich prizes of the oriental trade; American schooners, fast and lean and running rings round the abolitionists and the preventative men; and magnificent clippers beating down their times and pushing up their cargoes on the tea and wool runs. So too are Columbus’s 'beloved’ Nina and Cook’s Endeavour, for trade follows the flag and after exploration comes exploitation.
Drawing deeply on contemporary accounts the author also leaves us with a keen sense of the uncertainties and excitements of sea voyaging in sailing ships and of the personalities that the life threw up, people like the unscrupulous eighteenth-century pirate Shelvocke and his cool quarter-of-a-million profit on one voyage and the redoubtable Mrs. Reed, winner of the Silver Medal for Meritorious Service, who sailed her husband’s ship almost single-handed through westerly gales into the North Atlantic.
A brief history of navigation — from the earliest seamen and their reliance on the sun, the stars, and the wind to Harrison and his fourth chronometer — and a chapter on maritime disasters complete this engrossing and beautifully illustrated book.

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