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by Henry R. Culver
A superb collection delineating sailing ships from the Viking long ship to the "modern" five-masted barque. 272 pages
$29.95
by James Anthony Froude
Froude's exciting lectures of that most remarkable period of English maritime history. 250 pages
$22.95
by Rudyard Kipling
Kipling and his take on "modern" sea warfare. 222 pages
$19.95
by E. Keble Chatterton
Chatterton's excellent history of sailing ships. 449 pages
$29.95
by H. Warington Smyth
A vast coverage of the different types of sailing craft from England to China. (Two Vols). 549 pages
$49.95
by Commander Charles N. Robinson
The Growth, Achievements and Duties of the Navy of the Empire. 722 pages
$49.95
by James Fenimore Cooper
Cooper's history of the Navy from 1607 to 1815. 837 pages
$49.95
by E.J. & E. Reed & Simpson
A magnificent history of the World's Navies at the end of the nineteenth century. 499 pages
$29.95
by Ralph D. Paine
An exciting history of the great seafaring city when the American Merchant Marine was great! 507 pages
$49.95
by H.H. Clark, U.S.N.
A good exposition of the life of boys in the Navy in the days of the Ironclads. 369 pages
$24.95
by William Wood
A Chronicle of Drake and his Companions. 245 pages
$19.95
by Eldridge S. Brooks
... --in Active Service on Merchant Vessel and Man-of-War. 417 pages
$29.95
by E. Keble Chatterton
An excellent ship reference for the days under sail. 556 pages
$39.95
by Ralph D. Paine
A Chronicle of American Ships and Sailors. 204 pages
$19.95
by Edmund Ogden Sawyer, Jr.
Story of the Packets and Clippers, their Builders and Masters who Carried the Stars and Strips on Seven Seas. 340 pages
$24.95
by E.J. Payne
Select Narratives from the Principal Navigations of Hakluyt. 410 pages
$29.95
by W. Dodgson Bowman
Traces the history and gradual development of Yachting from its modest beginnings in the reign of Charles II. 280 pages
$24.95
by E. Hamilton Currey
The rise of the Moslem corsairs of the Mediterranean and their eventual defeat. 217 pages
$24.95
by Edwin M. Bacon
Retold from Hakluyt: The core of America. 402 pages
$29.95
by Edward W. Hobbs
A Pictorial Record of the Evolution of The Sailing Ship from the Earliest Times Until To-Day. 113 pages
$17.95
BOOK OF OLD SHIPS, THE (Pub. No. 43)
Henry R. Culver/A superb collection delineating sailing ships from the Viking long ship to the "modern" five-masted barque. 272 pages

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THE BOOK OF OLD SHIPS
and Something of Their Evolution and Romance
by Henry R. Culver, illustrated by Gordan Grant

A very handy reference to a very large variety of ship types, from the Long Ship to the Round Ship and on to the Capital Ships of 18th and 19th century and closing with "The Modern Super Ship", a steel, five-masted bark. Well illustrated by Gordon Grant, this volume will be a useful addition to the library of the "ship spotter".Profusely illustrated with line drawings and several full colour paintings.

Henry R. Culver, 272 pages

$29.95
ENGLISH SEAMEN IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY (Pub. No. 44)
James Anthony Froude/Froude's exciting lectures of that most remarkable period of English maritime history. 250 pages

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ENGLISH SEAMEN IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY
by James Anthony Froude
Late Regius Professor of Modern History in The University of Oxford
Lectures delivered at Oxford Easter Terms, 1893-4

Froude's lectures, reprinted here, cover: The Sea Cradle of the Reformation; John Hawkins and the African Slave Trade; Sir John Hawkins and Philip the Second; Drake's Voyage Around the World; Parties in the State; The Great Expedition to the West Indies; Attack on Cadiz; Sailing of the Armada; and Defeat of the Armada. First published in 1895.  While this is undeniably a work of rare scholarship, it is also a work of great force and excitement. Froude's lecture style is easy and involved and one wishes, while reading these transcripts, that one could have been present in the auditorium during his presentation. He has the story-teller's gift of giving weight to the characters and imbuing each of the historical events with the excitement and daring which were so necessarily present during their enactment. The two lectures on the Sailing of the Spanish Armada and The Defeat of the Spanish Armada are thrilling cases in point.

James Anthony Froude, 250 pages

$22.95
SEA WARFARE (Pub. No. 45)
Rudyard Kipling/Kipling and his take on "modern" sea warfare. 222 pages

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SEA WARFARE
by Rudyard Kipling

Here's Kipling's take on the Great War. After a brief survey of the origins of the fleet, he spends the rest of the time commenting upon the face of sea warfare in the beginnings of the twentieth century. Divided into three sections entitled; The Fringes of the Fleet; Tales of the "Trade" and Destroyers at Jutland, these sections are further divided into these respective chapters; The Auxiliaries; Submarines; Patrols; Some Work in the Baltic; Business in the Sea of Marmora; Ravages and Repairs; Stories of the Battle [of Jutland]; The Night Hunt; The Meaning of "Joss" ; and The Minds of Men. A concise and compassionate review of naval matters in the Great War. First published in 1915.

Rudyard Kipling, 222 pages

$19.95
SHIPS AND WAYS OF OTHER DAYS (Pub. No. 46)
E. Keble Chatterton/Chatterton's excellent history of sailing ships. 449 pages

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SHIPS AND WAYS OF OTHER DAYS
by E. Keble Chatterton

Another fine reference for ship types is Chatterton's masterful work. This volume is very heavily illustrated with line drawings and also some photographs. The Contents include: The Birth of the Nautical Arts; The Development of the Marine Instinct; Mediterranean Progress; Rome and the Sea; The Viking Mariners; Seamanship and Navigation in the Middle Ages; The Period of Columbus; The Early Tudor Period; The Elizabethan Age; The Seventeenth Century; The Eighteenth Century; and The Nineteenth Century. Another work by Chatterton which we have republished is, Sailing Ships and Their Story and he also produced a folio of ship types which we have reprinted as: Ship Models. First published in 1913. 104 Illustrations with 3 pocketed plates of ship body plans.

E. Keble Chatterton, 449 pages

$29.95
MAST AND SAIL IN EUROPE AND ASIA (Two Vols) (Pub. No. 53)
H. Warington Smyth/ A vast coverage of the different types of sailing craft from England to China. (Two Vols). 549 pages

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MAST AND SAIL IN EUROPE AND ASIA
by H. Warington Smyth
Illustrated from drawings by E.W. Cooke, R.A., W.L. Wyllie, A.R.A., W. Robins, Sir W. Warington Smyth, F.R.S.,
Major Nevill Smyth, V.C., and the author.

A momentous work of reference for world sail. There is more concentration of eastern sail types in this book than in any of our other reference volumes on the subject and each is fully illustrated in a volume that is just stuffed with illustrations. This title has more coverage of small boats than do the works of Chatterton and/or Culver above. There are also lines drawings and/or sail plans of a number of the craft described, including a Norwegian Pilot Boat, a Northland Boat, a Norwegian Skiff, a Redningskoite, a Scotch Fifie and a Scotch Zulu. A thorough-going reference indeed! First published in 1906. 9 full-page plates, 9 diagrams and 370 illustrations in text. In two volumes.

H. Warington Smyth, 549 pages

$49.95
BRITISH FLEET, THE (Pub. No. 81)
Commander Charles N. Robinson/The Growth, Achievements and Duties of the Navy of the Empire. 722 pages

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THE BRITISH FLEET [IN 1896]
The Growth, Achievements and Duties of the Navy of the Empire
by Commander Charles N. Robinson, R.N.
with About One Hundred and Fifty Reproductions of Paintings, Prints,
and Drawings Illustrative of Battles, Ships, Persons, Customs, and Social Life in the Navy.

This is an extraordinarily complete reference to the state of the British Fleet in 1896. Robinson does not neglect the fleet's beginnings, but after a couple of chapters, (The Origin of the Navy and The Dawn of Sea Power), describing these, the work continues with, in PART I--NAVAL POWER: The Sovereignty of the Seas; The Navy and the State; The Navy: Its Relation to Discovery and to the Public Service; and Flags and Signals . In PART II--NAVAL ADMINISTRATION, he covers: The Lord High Admiral and the Board of Admiralty; The Equipment of the Fleet; The Victualling of the Fleet; Admiralty Buildings; The Laws and Customs of the Navy; and Concerning the Names of our Ships. In PART III--NAVAL MATERIAL , he continues with: The Evolution of the Ship-of-war; The Development of the Sailing battle-ship; The Transcendence of Wood, Canvas, and Hemp in Marine Architecture; The Royal Navy of To-day; The Development of Offensive Power; and Steam on Board Ship, And, in PART IV--THE PERSONNEL OF THE NAVY, we learn of: The Seaman and Mariners of England; Sea Officers from Blake's Day to Nelson's; Warrant and Inferior Officers, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries; The Tars who Made the Empire; Our Officers To-day; Blue-jackets and Marines and Naval Costume. This volume is valuable to anyone researching the British Navy and, for those who love O'Brien, a useful handbook for background on the adventures and experiences of Jack Aubrey. First published in 1896. Profusely illustrated.  In two volumes. 

Commander Charles N. Robinson, 722 pages

$49.95
HISTORY OF THE NAVY OF THE USA (TWO VOLUMES) (Pub. No. 95)
James Fenimore Cooper/Cooper's history of the Navy from 1607 to 1815. 837 pages

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HISTORY OF THE NAVY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
by James Fenimore Cooper

This is a very comprehensive work in two volumes of the history of the early U.S. Navy. Beginning in 1605 and continuing through 1815, Cooper thoroughly lays out the story of this great service. The work is enlivened by its very contemporary nature. There is a large quantity of information here about the early ships and about their officers, including such ships as the Essex and her adventures in the Pacific, (a young person's history of this cruise can be found in The Young Shellback's Library, The Cruise of the Essex, Midshipman Stuart or; The Last Cruise of the Essex, and  a booklet on the Building of the Esex; the famous privateer.), as well as narratives of the battles engaged in by the young service. These include not only the major engagements, such as the Battle of Tripoli, but also a number of smaller, yet important conflicts, such as the attack on the French post of St. Saveur, in Nova Scotia in 1613, which was the first conflict between the colonists and their neighbors. This force of eleven small vessels, set sail from Virginia under the pretense of fishing, but the armament indicated otherwise. The French were subdued and, Captain Aragal, the commander of this expedition, was later sent forth against the French and laid waste all of their possessions upon the Eastern seaboard. He subsequently also entered the Bay of New York and demanded possession of that territory also, under the plea that it had been discovered by an Englishman. The Dutch had no force to resist such a claim and were forced to submit this time, though they persevered in possession for some years more. These were the first warlike expeditions undertaken by the American colonists, and these volumes are filled with this kind of history!
One of the 100 Best Books on the American Sailor (Elbridge S. Brooks).

James Fenimore Cooper, 837 pages

$49.95
MODERN SHIPS OF WAR (Pub. No. 106)
E.J. & E. Reed & Simpson/A magnificent history of the World's Navies at the end of the nineteenth century. 499 pages

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MODERN SHIPS OF WAR
by Sir Edward J. Reed, M.P., Late Chief Constructor of the British Navy and Edward Simpson, Rear-Admiral, U.S.N., Late President, U.S. Naval Advisory Board with supplementary chapters and notes by J.D. Jerrold Kelley, Lieutenant, U.S.N.

Here's a fascinating look at that oft-neglected period of transition when the navies of the world were changing from sail to steam; a period of the greatest change in the history of the world's navies. At this time, not only were the means of propulsion under massive change, but because of these changes the entire science of gunnery and tactics had to be re-invented. This created some really fascinating ships; half broadsiders and half moveable gun trainers, part steam and part sail, like the Colossus pictured here.  The authors of this work, working jointly in Britain and America, have forged a complete portrait of the time for the navies of Britain, France, Italy, Russia, Germany, Austria, Turkey and the United States, as well as a look at the ships of several "minor" navies. There are also chapters on early submarine warfare, and torpedoes. First published in 1887. 90 Illustrations.
One of the 100 Best Books on the American Sailor (Elbridge S. Brooks).

E.J. & E. Reed & Simpson, 499 pages

$29.95
SHIPS AND SAILORS OF OLD SALEM, THE (Two Vols) (Pub. No. 117)
Ralph D. Paine/An exciting history of the great seafaring city when the American Merchant Marine was great! 507 pages

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THE SHIPS AND SAILORS OF OLD SALEM
by Ralph D. Paine

From log books, sea journals and other manuscripts hitherto unpublished (most of them written during the years between the Revolution and the War of 1812), are herein gathered such narratives as those of the first American voyages to Japan, India, the Philippines, Guam, the Cape of Good Hope, Sumatra, Arabia and the South Seas. These and other records, as written by the seamen who made Salem the most famous port of the New World a century ago, are much more than local annals. They comprise a unique and brilliant chapter of American history and they speak for themselves. First published in 1908. 65 illustrations. Here are shown in the upper right and corner, the great Frigate Essex, in the only painting made of her during here short but illustrious career. On the lower left is Nathaniel Bowditch, the superb navigator, and on the lower right is the great privateer captain, Richard Cleveland. In two volumes.

Ralph D. Paine, 507 pages

$49.95
BOY LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY (Pub. No. 149)
H.H. Clark, U.S.N./A good exposition of the life of boys in the Navy in the days of the Ironclads. 369 pages

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BOY LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY
by H.H. Clark, U.S.N.

The fact that young boys served upon warships in all the navies of the world in the eighteenth and nineteenth century is a known fact. What is not known so well is the kind of life they lived during this service. Joe Bentley, a young farm boy, living along the banks of the Aroostook River in Maine, sees a notice nailed to a tree asking for boys to serve in the Navy. He joins up, and this is the story of his adventures. We learn of the kind of training the boys received and the life they lived aboard ship in the late nineteenth century. Iron ships and steamers were just beginning to make their mark upon the navy but the gunnery was still broadside at this time and the turret had yet to be fully developed.
One of the 100 Best Books on the American Sailor (Elbridge S. Brooks).

H.H. Clark, U.S.N., 369 pages

$24.95
ELIZABETHAN SEA DOGS (Pub. No. 168)
William Wood/A Chronicle of Drake and his Companions. 245 pages

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ELIZABETHAN SEA DOGS
A Chronicle of Drake and his Companions
by William Wood

To truly understand the making of America, one should read this book! We don't often relate Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth with the United States, but Wood presents a compelling picture in this excitingly written volume of how America came to be the country it was primarily through the actions of Elizabeth and her "sea-dogs", Drake, Hawkins, et.al. Why Shakespeare? There is documentation that he was present at the sailing of one of the earliest colonizing voyages to America. Elizabeth, infuriated that the Pope had divided the new world between Spain and Portugal (mostly Spain) because of her father's departure from Catholic Rome's theology, sent her sea-dogs to harass and confound the ships of Spain and force a foothold in the New World. We all know how well they succeeded. In the process they substantially enriched her treasury. There is a fascinating chapter in this work on Elizabethan business. Even then there was maritime insurance, stock companies and subscription underwriters, and Elizabeth was one of the most prominent. The profit motive was busily at work even at the founding of America! In addition to the history of the age, there are some very fine descriptions of the battles and tactics of Drake and his confederates. Illustrated with one pocketed chart in colour.

William Wood, 245 pages

$19.95
STORY OF THE AMERICAN SAILOR, THE (Pub. No. 171)
Eldridge S. Brooks/... --in Active Service on Merchant Vessel and Man-of-War. 417 pages

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THE STORY OF THE AMERICAN SAILOR
by Eldridge S. Brooks

If you ever wanted to be inspired by the exploits of the American sailor, this is the book to do it. Even I, a born and bred Englishman, felt like standing up and cheering at the exploits of the American sailor (even during the War of Independence and the War of 1812). The book covers the entire history of the American sea-farer from the days before the discovery of the New World up until 1888, from the fisherman, through the "blue-jacket", to the yachtsman. From the Preface: "In all the mass of material devoted to the doings and the duties, the experiences, the adventures and the romance of the American sailor there is to be found no work that presents in consecutive narrative the progressive record of the seamen of America. Such a narrative this volume seeks to tell. Jack's story, however poorly told, possesses a certain interest that must enliven even the dullest tale, for the American sailor has made his name the synonym of daring, of endeavor and of achievement. His arm has been the stoutest in sea-fight; his heart has proved the most undaunted in peril, the most faithful in time of stress, the most kindly in seasons of doubt, of trial and of disaster." The Contents include the following chapters: The Earliest Mariners; Navigators and Explorers; Colonial Ships and Sailors; Buccaneers, Smugglers and Pirates; Colonial Sea Struggles; In the Revolution; A Rising Power; "Eighteen Twelve"; On the High Seas; Fishing Smack and Whaler; Arctic Service and Inland Waters; Blue Jackets of 'Sixty-One'; The Gentleman Sailor; and Flotsam and Jetsam. For the student of American maritime history, this book should not be overlooked. Here is a nicely organized chronicle from the American beginnings through the end of the nineteenth century. The illustrations, as is almost always the case with these nineteenth century books, are nothing short of superb; and their are 63 of them! In addition, there is a superb bibliography in the back of the book of "The Best Hundred Books on the American Sailor".

Eldridge S. Brooks, 417 pages

$29.95
SAILING SHIPS AND THEIR STORY (Pub. No. 175)
E. Keble Chatterton/An excellent ship reference for the days under sail. 556 pages

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SAILING SHIPS AND THEIR STORY
by E. Keble Chatterton

"A work that will prove a veritable classic of the sea, and make of him the standard historian of the sailing ship."--Nautical Magazine. So went the opinions of the press in 1909 at the time this great work was published. Here at the contents of this example of Chatterton: Early Egyptian Ships from about 6,000 B.C.., Ancient Ships of Phoenicia, Greece, and Rome; The Early Ships of Northern Europe; The Development of the Sailing Ship fro the Eighth Century to the Year 1485; From Henry VII to the Death of Elizabeth (1485-1603; From the Accession of James I to the Close of the Eighteenth Century; The Sailing Ship in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries; The Fore-and-Aft Rig and its Developments; Coasters, Fishing Boats, Yachts, etc. , and The Sailing ship During the War (W.W.I) and After. 131 illustrations and 9 ship plans on pocketed plates. Our other titles by Chatterton include: Ships and Ways of Other Days and Ship Models.

E. Keble Chatterton, 556 pages

$39.95
OLD MERCHANT MARINE, THE (Pub. No. 176)
Ralph D. Paine/A Chronicle of American Ships and Sailors. 204 pages

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THE OLD MERCHANT MARINE
A Chronicle of American Ships and Sailors
by Ralph D. Paine

From Chapter One: "The story of American ships and sailors is an epic of blue water which seems singularly remote, almost unreal, to the later generations. A people with a native genius for seafaring won and held a brilliant supremacy through two centuries and then forsook this heritage of theirs. The period of achievement was no more extraordinary than was its swift declension. A maritime race whose topsails flecked every ocean, whose captains courageous from father to son had fought with pike and carronade to defend the freedom of the seas, turned inland to seek a different destiny and took no more thought for the tall ships and rich cargoes which had earned so much renown for its flag." This is the story of that earlier American Merchant Marine!

Ralph D. Paine, 204 pages

$19.95
OUR SEA SAGA: The Wood Wind Ships (Pub. No. 197)
Edmund Ogden Sawyer, Jr./Story of the Packets and Clippers, their Builders and Masters who Carried the Stars and Strips on Seven Seas. 340 pages

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OUR SEA SAGA: The Wood Wind Ships
by Edmund Ogden Sawyer, Jr.

From the Foreword. "The purpose of this volume is to bring together under one cover original articles on the American merchant marine which have long been out of print. . . .These chronicles on the American sea power also deal with England for it was the conflict between the mother country and her North American colonists over the right to carry cargoes overseas and even between  the colonies, which led to the War for Independence and was not settled until the War of 1812. . . .American supremacy on the seven seas was a natural development, for hardy mariners of England, France and Spain who fared forth upon an uncharted ocean founded this nation. Development of various craft of the colonizing period was guided by the requirements of a period in which defence and speed were of as great import as cargo capacity.  England had long since discovered that her future depended upon fighting off invaders who could only reach her over a bridge of ships. The Romans or the Mongols might conquer the rest of Europe but could not levy tribute on Britain unless they first obtained mastery at sea. Forthwith began a battle for control of the Atlantic, with piracy rampant. Emerging from this period England began to sense that while she might not be able to conquer the world she might levy tribute on her neighbors by carrying cargoes, so forthwith she preempted the seven seas and thereafter made war on those who challenged her supremacy. Slowly a definite program was developed and in the meantime she began to establish colonies east and west. American colonists from England  entered oversea trade in 1624 when Massachusetts sent home its first cargo of fish caught nearby and cured with salt of its own manufacture. The following year two cargoes of fish and furs were dispatched overseas but one was captured by a Turkish pirate when near the English coast. The natural reaction to this event laid the foundation for disputes  which resulted one hundred and fifty years later in the War for Independence followed almost immediately by war on the pirates of Algiers and Tripoli. This saga covers the period of wooden packets and clipper ships which reached its climax following the discovery of gold in California. Its end was apparent at the outbreak of the Civil War, sail having to make way for steam, and wood for iron and steel, but the actual end came when Confederate cruisers, most successful of which was the English built Alabama and others, burned or drove American wind ships from the seas" . An essential reference for those interested in the history of sail and especially American sail. First published in 1929. 58 illustrations.

Edmund Ogden Sawyer, Jr., 340 pages

$24.95
VOYAGES OF THE ELIZABETHAN SEAMEN (Pub. No. 207)
E.J. Payne/ Select Narratives from the Principal Navigations of Hakluyt. 410 pages

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VOYAGES OF THE ELIZABETHAN SEAMEN
Edited by E.J. Payne
with additional notes by C. Raymond Beazley

In addition to the above, which is a rousing tale of the sea battles and the business of sea battles, this title is a more scholarly work which examines in detail the voyages of several of the notable adventurers with an emphasis more on exploration and discovery than profit and gain. The book covers (from the contents): Life and Works of Hakluyt; Directions for Taking a Prize; The First, Second and Third Voyages of Hawkins (shown here) ; The First, Second and Third Voyages of Frobisher; Drake's Famous Voyage and The Great Armada; Gilbert's Voyage, Amadas and Barlow's Voyage , and Cavendish's First Voyage. Illustrated and with one pocketed map.

E.J. Payne, 410 pages

$29.95
YACHTING AND YACHTSMEN (Pub. No. 223)
W. Dodgson Bowman/Traces the history and gradual development of Yachting from its modest beginnings in the reign of Charles II. 280 pages

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YACHTING AND YACHTSMEN
by W. Dodgson Bowman

This is the first book to trace the history and gradual development of Yachting from its modest beginnings in the reign of Charles II, when Pepys relates that Commissioner Pett "is building the King's Yacht, which will be a very pretty thing, and much beyond the Dutchmans." The author describes famous yachts, past and present, and their historic races. He also gives interesting sketches of the great pioneers of yachting, such as the Duke of Portland, Lord Brassey, Lord Dunraven, etc., and of the leading yachtsmen--The Duke of Leeds, the Marquess of Ailsa, Lord Birkenhead, Lord Waring, Sir Thomas Lipton, Sir Howard Frank, Sir William Burton, Mr. J.R. Payne, and many others. The book will appeal to all those who love the sea, and know the joys of sailing its ruffled waters in a weatherly boat before a summer breeze.

W. Dodgson Bowman, 280 pages

$24.95
SEA-WOLVES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN (Pub. No. 217)
E. Hamilton Currey/The rise of the Moslem corsairs of the Mediterranean and their eventual defeat. 217 pages

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SEA-WOLVES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN
by E. Hamilton Currey

In addition to the business of exploration and the battles of the Elizabethan sea-dogs, there was another theatre of operations at about the same time which offered innumerable stories of battle, plunder and conquest. This was the marauding of the Barbery Pirates, the Muslim Corsairs, who ranged from North Africa throughout the Mediterranean, harassing the Christian vessels and fighting pitched sea battles. This was the end of the era of the galley, and the description of the "life" of the galley slaves in this volume is eye-opening to say the least. There is extensive coverage of the most famous and accomplished of the corsairs, Keyr-ed-Din and his exploits, as there is of Andrea Doria; the great Christian Admiral charged by Charles V of Spain with the eradication of the corsairs. While there were many successes in this endeavor, the Barbery Pirates would continue to be a problem in that area of the world until the American Navy came into its own and were able to finally eliminate this menace once and for all. There is great coverage of the battles and tactics of the relative combatants and one gains an immense appreciation of the truly brilliant manouverings of such as Keyr-ed-Din when reading this book. A definite addition to the history of the sea on your bookshelf and an exciting read to boot! We have added to our edition some illustrations of the types of vessels used in these conflicts, taken from  David Steel's Elements of Mastmaking, Sailmaking and Rigging, which had some fine examples.  From Chapter 1: "The rise and progress of the Moslem corsairs of the Mediterranean is a most curious and interesting chapter in history. The causes which led to results so deplorable to commerce, civilization, and Christianity are here set forth in order that some idea may be formed of the state of affairs in that region at the end of the fifteenth and the beginning of the sixteenth centuries, and also that the reflex action of the great triumph of the Christian armies in Spain may be more fully understood. When in 1492 Granada was yielded up to “Los Reyes Catolicos,” Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile, by that luckless monarch known as Boabdil el Chico (or “the little”), the last remnant of the power of the Moors in Spain had gone never to return. On that small hill on the way to the coast still known as “el ultimo suspiro del Moro” (the last sigh of the Moor), Boabdil, as he looked for the last time on his lost capital of Granada, is said to have burst into tears. His fierce mother Ayesha had, however, no sympathy for her fallen son: “Thou doest well to weep like a woman for thit which thou daredst not defend as a man,” was her biting—and totally unjust—comment, and the cavalcade pursued its miserable journey to the coast, whence it embarked for the kingdom of Fez. Great was the jubilation in Christendom; for more than seven centuries the followers of the Prophet ha~d dwelt In the land from which Tank had expelled Roderick the Goth in the eighth century. There they had dwelt and held up a lamp of learning and comparative civilization which shone brightly through the mists of cruelty and bloodshed in the Middle Ages, and none can question that, under Moorish rule in Spain in those centuries, the arts of peace had flourished, and that science, agriculture, art, and learning, had found generous and discriminating patronage in the courts of Cordoba and Granada. And now all was over; the iron chivalry of the North, had broken in pieces the Paynim hosts. They were expelled for ever from Christian soil, or else were forced to live in a state of servitude, oppressed by an alien rule, in the land which their forbears had won anti kept by the sword. There was jubilation, as has been said, in Christendom, but the knights and nobles who flocked from all parts of Europe to join the standard of the Catholic monarchs had no prevision of the consequences, no idea of the legacy that they were leaving to their descendants. It is of this legacy that we have to speak. The broken hosts of the Moslem chivalry became the corsairs of the Mediterranean: ruthless pirates freed from all restraint of human pity, living only to inflict the maximum of suffering upon their Christian foes, who, having sown the wind at the taking of Granada, reaped in the coming centuries a whirlwind of blood and agony which continued down to the bombardment of Algiers by Lord Exmouth in 1816 and even later than that date." And as we can all too easily see, it continues today! A truly thrilling read and a timely reminder.

E. Hamilton Currey, 217 pages

$24.95
ENGLISH VOYAGES OF ADVENTURE AND DISCOVERY (Pub. No. 230)
Edwin M. Bacon/Retold from Hakluyt: The core of America. 402 pages

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ENGLISH VOYAGES OF ADVENTURE AND DISCOVERY
by Edwin M. Bacon

From the Preface: "In the year 1582, a quarter of a century before the founding of Jamestown, in 1607, and thirty-eight years before the establishment of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, in 1620, there appeared in London a pamphlet-volume entitled, Divers Voyages touching the Discouerie o America and the Ilands adaicent unto the same, made first of all by our Englishmen and afterwards by the Frenchmen and Britons. The direct and practical object of this little book was the promotion of English colonization on the American continent, where Spain at the South and France at the North then had firm footholds. Its mission was fully accomplished in giving the first effective impulse to the movements which led up to the ultimate establishment of the colonies that eventually formed the United States. So it has a particular interest, especially for all Americans who would know their country, as a first source of the True History of the American Nation." In this, the ideal accompanying volume to Elizabethan Sea Dogs, Bacon both interprets and retells that seminal work by Richard Hakluyt, and significantly aids the modern reader to understand the politics, emotions and oft-times the venality of the motives behind the great explorations of the New World by such as the Cabots, Frobisher, Hawkins and of course Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh.

Edwin M. Bacon, 402 pages

$29.95
SAILING SHIPS AT A GLANCE (Pub. No. 162)
Edward W. Hobbs/A Pictorial Record of the Evolution of The Sailing Ship from the Earliest Times Until To-Day. 113 pages

Hardcover Duodecimo Book

SAILING SHIPS AT A GLANCE
by Edward W. Hobbs, A.I.N.A., Vickers Gold Medallist
with an introduction by L.G. Carr Laughton

A terrific small volume for the "ship spotter" and modeler: coverage from logs to logarithms!. Much smaller than Chatterton's great works but more digestible because of it and somewhat further into the modern world in its coverage. From the Preface:  The glamour of the sailing ship is unlikely to be effaced from the memory of insular peoples who in the past have of necessity largely built up their place in the world with the aid of sailing ships. This work is an endeavour to show briefly and in a pictorial manner something of the evolution of the sailing ship from the earliest times until the present day. The author is fully aware of the magnitude of the task, that it is a subject of great difficulty, and that it is impossible, in this book, to do more than indicate some of the phases through which the sailing ship has passed. Many of the illustrations are based on tradition or conjecture, but, so far as is practicable, an attempt has been made to reconstruct these fascinating vessels from contemporary evidence and to present them as  actual ships in active pursuit of their vocation. In general, the illustrations are of characteristic ships of the period. They are not submitted as being meticulously detailed, indeed to do so would require many similar volumes. Although every year increases the store of knowledge of old ships, much has yet to be discovered. Probably no other sphere offers such scope for the studious explorer to unearth facts and information."

Edward W. Hobbs, 113 pages

$17.95
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