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Learning to Sail

by H. A. Calahan Dover Publications (April 06, 2012)

One of the best guides ever written for the novice sailor. Expert coverage of boat selection, mooring, knots, bending and hoisting sail, much more. 111 black-and-white figures.


A Short History of the Sailing Ship

by Romola Anderson & R. C. Anderson Dover Publications (May 14, 2012)

Amply illustrated book traces evolution of the sailing ship over the course of 6,000 years — from vessels of ancient Egypt to full-rigged clipper ships of the 19th century. 20 halftones and 134 figures.


Spars and Rigging: From Nautical Routine, 1849

by John M'Leod Murphy & W. N. Jeffers Dover Publications (August 29, 2012)

Important study describes every improvement made in seafaring equipment up to the mid-19th century — from anchors, bobstays, booms, and cat-head stoppers, to a flying jib, halliards, nippers, and topsail buntlines....


Pirates of New Spain, 1575-1742

by Peter Gerhard Dover Publications (May 25, 2012)

Captivating, well-documented study focuses on piracy among Spain's Pacific coast colonies, ranging from Panama to points north. Colorful narrative traces exploits of Elizabethan pirates, Dutch raiders, mercenary...


Sailing, Seamanship and Yacht Construction

by Uffa Fox Dover Publications (October 24, 2012)

Packed with information, ideas, and more than 300 excellent illustrations, this classic of the genre was written by the father of modern planing sailboats. Most of text focuses on individual vessels.


The Tryal of Capt. William Kidd: for Murther & Piracy

by Don C. Seitz Dover Publications (January 09, 2013)

Based on official admiralty records, this volume offers an astonishing glimpse into the world of 17th-century piracy, the English judicial system, and the dialogue from the actual trial.


The Fabulous Interiors of the Great Ocean Liners in Historic Photographs

by William H., Jr. Miller Dover Publications (June 26, 2013)

200 superb photographs capture exquisite interiors of world’s great "floating palaces" — 1890s to 1980s: Titanic, Ile de France, Queen Elizabeth, United States, Europa, more.


Sailing Boats from Around the World: The Classic 1906 Treatise

by Henry Coleman Folkard Dover Publications (October 06, 2012)

Comprehensive, profusely illustrated book documents early-20th-century sailing: boat types around the world, racing boats, odd and experimental vessels, more. Over 380 illustrations and photographs. Indexes....


The Story of the Wreck of the Titanic: Eyewitness Accounts from 1912

by Marshall Everett Dover Publications (February 05, 2013)

An "instant" book, published soon after the sinking of the Titanic, this illustrated volume abounds in facts about the voyage and passengers as well as details of the wreck and survivors' accounts.


Whale Ships and Whaling: A Pictorial History

by George Francis Dow Dover Publications (January 24, 2013)

Over 200 vintage engravings, drawings, and photographs of barks, brigs, cutters, and other vessels. Also harpoons, lances, whaling guns, many other artifacts. Comprehensive text by foremost authority. 207 black-and-white...


How to Build Egyptian Boat Models: Patterns and Instructions for Three Royal Vessels

by Jack Sintich Dover Publications (December 06, 2012)

A unique model-building experience, this beginner-level guide details everything needed to create brilliant reproductions of the royal sailing boats of Khufu (ruled ca. 2551–2528 B.C.), Queen Hatshepsut (ruled...


Picture History of American Passenger Ships

by William H., Jr. Miller Dover Publications (September 18, 2012)

More than 100 ships documented, including Leviathan, America, Independence, President Polk, and United States. Detailed captions list tonnage, speed, size, and passenger load. Bibliography. Index. Approximately...


Steamboats on the Western Rivers: An Economic and Technological History

by Louis C. Hunter Dover Publications (April 02, 2012)

Richly detailed definitive account covers every aspect of steamboat's development — from construction, equipment, and operation to races, collisions, rise of competition, and ultimate decline of steamboat...


Picture History of the French Line

by William H., Jr. Miller Dover Publications (August 24, 2012)

Superb pictorial history of the company's fleet of formidable passenger ships: Ile de France, Normandie, Liberté, Colombie, Antilles, Flandre, France, and many more. Over 170 black-and-white photographs.


The Seaman's Friend: A Treatise on Practical Seamanship

by Richard Henry Dana Dover Publications (September 18, 2012)

An authentic look at the standard operating procedures aboard a 19th-century ship by the author of Two Years Before the Mast, from tying knots to quelling a mutiny. Glossary.


The World's Lighthouses: From Ancient Times to 1820

by D. Alan Stevenson Dover Publications (February 05, 2013)

This superb, profusely illustrated survey by noted authority recounts the history of seamarks from antiquity to the early 19th century. 261 black-and-white illustrations.


The Book of Old Ships: From Egyptian Galleys to Clipper Ships

by Henry B. Culver Dover Publications (August 29, 2012)

Superb, authoritative history of sailing vessels, with 80 magnificent line illustrations. Galley, bark, caravel, longship, whaler, many more. Detailed, informative text on each vessel by noted naval historian....


Handbook of Knotting and Splicing

by Paul N. Hasluck Dover Publications (October 04, 2012)

Clearly written and amply illustrated with 208 figures, this classic guide ranges from simple and useful knots to complex varieties. Additional topics include rope splicing, working cordage, hammock making,...


The Kedge Anchor; or, Young Sailors' Assistant

by William Brady Dover Publications (March 19, 2013)

Mid-19th-century bible of U.S. sailors; no-nonsense text gives instructions for knotting and rigging, blacking the guns, stationing the crew, dealing with dire emergencies, much more. 70 rare engravings, glossary,...


The Voyage Alone in the Yawl Rob Roy

by John MacGregor Dover Publications (March 28, 2013)

Lively record of a 1,500-mile voyage, from London to Paris, on a 21-foot sailboat in 1867 led legions of readers to set out on small-boat adventures of their own. Introduction.


Jolly Roger

by Patrick Pringle Dover Publications (June 14, 2012)

Fascinating study of 17th- and 18th-century piracy finds the lore about Henry Morgan, Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, Anne Bonney, and other marauders largely overblown. "Highly entertaining and well-documented."...


Superstitions of Sailors

by Angelo S. Rappoport Dover Publications (August 24, 2012)

Intriguing legends from around the globe evoke a magical maritime world, with sightings of phantom galleys, mischievous deeds of mermaids and water sprites, and tall tales of enchanted islands.


Greasy Luck: A Whaling Sketchbook

by Gordon Grant Dover Publications (December 21, 2012)

Entire art and craft of whaling is depicted, from views of the galley and the sight of a whale breaching, to examples of scrimshaw art and a version of a "Nantucket sleigh ride." 64 plates.


100 Historic Ships in Full Color

by John Batchelor Dover Publications (March 13, 2013)

Accurate, full-color paintings of amazing ships — from the royal barge of the Egyptian pharaoh Khûfu (2657 BC) to the nuclear submarine U.S.S. Seawolf. Extensive descriptive captions. 100 full-color illustrations....


Great Ships in New York Harbor: 175 Historic Photographs, 1935-2005

by William H., Jr. Miller Dover Publications (September 18, 2012)

An informative text, complemented by 175 vintage photographs, makes this vibrant profile of the great port's history as interesting to read as it is to browse. It combines fascinating facts and personal recollections....


Under the Black Flag: Exploits of the Most Notorious Pirates

by Don C. Seitz Dover Publications (June 14, 2012)

Vivid stories trace careers of such notorious brigands as Captain Kidd and Edward (Blackbeard) Teach, along with those of many lesser-known pirates. Riveting accounts will be treasured by historians and maritime...


Buccaneers and Pirates

by Frank R. Stockton Dover Publications (February 21, 2013)

Often humorous, sometimes chilling, always intriguing, these true stories describe the exploits of such notorious maritime marauders as Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, Jean Lafitte, Captain Kidd, and other lesser...


Classic Sailing-Ship Models in Photographs

by R. Morton Nance Dover Publications (August 29, 2012)

Over 120 handsome photographs and 28 drawings provide details of models for a Flemish Carrack, c. 1450; the Norske Löve, 1634; the 90-gun Albemarle, 1680; a Venetian trading Galeass, 1726; more.


Memoirs of a Buccaneer: Dampier's New Voyage Round the World, 1697

by William Dampier Dover Publications (July 06, 2012)

This fascinating travel and adventure book tells of pirate life and offers a rare look at the 17th-century botany and anthropology of Central and South America and the East Indies. 7 illustrations.


Learning to Race

by H. A. Calahan Dover Publications (March 29, 2012)

Expert guide to winning yacht races. How to get the most speed out of the boat: aerodynamics, tactics, crew and equipment, strategy, more. Over 50 black-and-white illustrations.


Mahan on Naval Warfare

by Alfred Thayer Mahan Dover Publications (June 22, 2012)

Fascinating compendium of writings by great naval theorist. Fundamental principles of sea power, analysis of naval history, thoughts on policies and prospects for the future, much more. 8 black-and-white maps...


Donald McKay and His Famous Sailing Ships

by Richard C. McKay Dover Publications (January 16, 2013)

Rare and valuable study reveals accomplishments of great 19th-century shipbuilder in era of sailing packet and clipper ship. 58 superb illustrations, including plans, models, maps, etc.


Pirates and Piracy

by E. Keble Chatterton Dover Publications (March 08, 2012)

From the Norsemen and the pirates of the Levant and the China Seas, to Edward Teach (Blackbeard), Captain Kidd, and Henry Morgan, these stories of men who took to pirating range far across time and place.


Picture History of the SS United States

by William H., Jr. Miller Dover Publications (June 14, 2012)

159 rare photos depict stages in ship's construction and its christening, intimate views of modern lounges, staterooms, dining rooms, promenade and pool, theaters, ballroom, and play decks. Captions. 159 black-and-white...


Doomed Ships: Great Ocean Liner Disasters

by William H., Jr. Miller Dover Publications (June 01, 2012)

Nearly 200 photographs, many from private collections, highlight tales of some of the vessels whose pleasure cruises ended in catastrophe: the Morro Castle, Normandie, Andrea Doria, Europa, and many others.


The History of Piracy

by Philip Gosse Dover Publications (April 25, 2012)

Much imitated but never surpassed, this chronicle ranges from ancient to modern times to explore the rise of piracy. A dramatic narrative and colorful characters complement its impeccable scholarship. 21 black-and-white...


The Cruise of the Snark

by Jack London Dover Publications (April 04, 2012)

Captivating tale of true adventures recounts, with wry good humor, the hardships of a two-year voyage aboard a diminutive and leaky craft. Enhanced with 119 original photographs.


The Buccaneers of America

by Alexander O. Exquemelin Dover Publications (November 29, 2012)

Fascinating chronicle of the bands of plundering sea rovers who roamed the Caribbean and coastlines of Central America in the 17th century. Includes exploits of the infamous Henry Morgan and his burning of Panama...


The Pirates of the New England Coast 1630-1730

by George Francis Dow & John Henry Edmonds Dover Publications (March 29, 2012)

Meticulously researched study recounts lurid exploits, punishments of William Kidd, Charles Harris, Thomas Tew, John Phillips, other marauders. Enhanced with almost 50 contemporary engravings and rare maps....


Pirates: True Tales of Notorious Buccaneers

by Henry Gilbert Dover Publications (September 05, 2012)

Thrilling, historically accurate tales feature such well-known characters as Barbarossa and his Mediterranean corsairs and the notorious pirates of the Spanish Main: Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, and Captain Kidd....


The Rigging of Ships: in the Days of the Spritsail Topmast, 1600-1720

by R. C. Anderson Dover Publications (August 08, 2012)

Describes and depicts in detail how 17th-century English, French, Dutch, and other European trading ships and warships were rigged. Over 350 fine line drawings, 25 halftones.


The QE2: A Picture History

by William H., Jr. Miller Dover Publications (January 07, 2013)

Illustrated with more than 150 black-and-white and 27 color images, this chronicle by an expert maritime historian offers a rare and captivating blend of personal anecdotes, archival material, and impeccable...


Picture History of the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth

by William H., Jr. Miller Dover Publications (June 22, 2012)

Authoritative, profusely illustrated volume describes the ships' debuts, amenities, rivalry, and contributions during WWII. Also covered: their grand royal successors: Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2. 189...


The Young Sea Officer's Sheet Anchor: Or a Key to the Leading of Rigging and to Practical Seamanship

by Darcy Lever Dover Publications (June 06, 2012)

First published in 1808, this now-rare volume offers clear definitions and copious illustrations of the principles of rigging, tacking, use of a compass, splicing ropes, making sails, much more.


The Pirates Own Book: Authentic Narratives of the Most Celebrated Sea Robbers

by Marine Research Society Dover Publications (July 11, 2012)

Rare volume recounts lives and cold-blooded exploits of Black Beard, Jean Lafitte, Robert Kidd, Anne Bonney, and other maritime marauders. 77 atmospheric wood engravings.


Picture History of the Andrea Doria

by William H., Jr. Miller Dover Publications (December 27, 2012)

Scores of rare photographs recall one of the most luxuriously outfitted ships of the 20th century. 183 black-and-white photographs show views of lounges and staterooms, shots of the ship in port, more.


Architectura Navalis Mercatoria: The Classic of Eighteenth-Century Naval Architecture

by Fredrik Henrik af Chapman Dover Publications (November 21, 2012)

First published in 1768, this remarkable collection of sophisticated line drawings documents merchant and naval ships from various countries. 70 illustrations chart vessel dimensions, crew size, storage capabilities,...


Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative

by Richard Henry Dana Dover Publications (October 04, 2012)

In 1834, a Harvard student enlisted as a common seaman, resulting in this adventure classic. Crackling with realism, it offers memorable views of a dangerous voyage, plus fascinating historical details.


The Art of Rigging

by George Biddlecombe Dover Publications (February 09, 2012)

The best manual ever produced on rigging the sailing ship — indispensable for serious model builders. Terms and phrases, onshore operations, rigging brigs, yachts, small vessels, much more. Introduction. 17...


Sinking of the Titanic: Eyewitness Accounts

by Jay Henry Mowbray Dover Publications (April 25, 2012)

Spellbinding reports by survivors, rescuers, others of boarding the lifeboats, parting with loved ones, watching the ship sink, and drifting until rescue. Remarkable 1912 "memorial edition," published shortly...