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Pirate Hunters - Treasure, Obsession and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship

   An excellent and very interesting reading, elected the best book of Amazon resource in June 2015 and also one of the best books of same year by Chicago Tribune. The book by Robert Kurson is a thrilling adventure, a mix of danger, historic mystery and suspense. One of the hardest things to do under the sea is to find and identify a pirate vessel. Two men - John Mattera and John Chatterton - are risking everything to find the famous ship of the infamous pirate of the past, Joseph Bannister, called the Golden Fleece. In the Golden Age of Piracy - in the XVII century - he should have been immortalized in the lore of the sea... The book is face-paced indeed and filled with suspense, it is a really unputdownable story going so deep to discover souls and truths long believed lost. The book shall be highly recommended to all readers delighting in sea adventures. The readers all around the world have highly rated this book and found it to be a non-fiction volume with the trademarks of an excellent and fascinating sea novel, saying that the narration presented by the authors was just as engrossing as the subject of the book. What the author did is that he took all his professional knowledge of the underwater world and applied it to the Golden Age of Piracy, and this has resulted in a great thriller. 

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Pictorial History of Ships

   Centuries ago, on 17 November of the year 1665, when the English and Dutch were at each other's throats, Samuel Pepys went to bed later than usual. As Clerk of the Acts, he had written a long letter to the Duke of York, the Lord High Admiral, about "the ill condition of the Navy" and its need of money "before it be too late". That need was already a familiar theme in English naval history. Just over 60 years earlier King James I had inherited from Queen Elizabeth a maritime fighting force which was to set the standards relating to the in ship design for more than two centuries, until the introduction of steam. The English believed in the Vound'ship. With its ability to face heavy weather and to carry stores for a long voyage, it had served them well, and under Sir John Hawkins they had learnt to reduce its limitations as a vessel of war. By increasing its length in proportion to its breadth, they made it less 'round' and clumsy. It also looked less top-heavy and was better rinsed, with a larger and more effective sail area... The content of the book is presented in six chapters covering the age of the fighting sail, modern  warships, triumph of steam, sailing on the trade winds, voyages of adventure, great liners and cargo and container vessels.

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Tramp Ships - An Illustrated History

   This publication was prepared by Roy Fenton, who is the well-known author of more than twenty books on shipping history. Throughout the history, the tramps ships were always called the taxi of the seas. They had no regular schedules and voyaged everywhere and anywhere, picking up and dropping off various cargoes, mainly bulk cargoes like timber, grain, coal, oil and others. In this book the author did his best to describe the evolution of the tramp ships over the course of more than hundred years. The preset introductory publication is expected to provide the readers with the close look at the design and construction of the tramp vessels together with the description of their machinery installations, also covering the operation and management of the subject vessels as well as the life and work of the officers and crew members. The main body of the book consists of the three hundred wonderful photographs of the individual vessels that are vividly illustrating the whole process of development of the tramp and maritime trade in the end-XIX century, both World Wars and post-war times. Each of the captions provides the ship dimensions, shipyards and owners, as well as valuable notes. The design features of the ships have been highlighted to make this book a classic one, inspiring all historians and enthusiasts of the merchant shipping.

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Nicolaes Witsen and Shipbuilding in the Dutch Golden Age

   This title was released to address the important aspects of the Dutch shipbuilding in the XVII century, which is a really inaccessible area of research. The problem is that the earliest written sources of relevant information appear only in the late 1600s. The whole wealth of the information presented by Nicolaes Witsen in his first work was a bit hidden under the formulation and quite chaotic structure. It still remains the extremely valuable publication that needs and deserves careful attention of the readers, and this is what the author has tried to do within the present book. The main content of this volume has been arranged by the author in four big chapters; the first one is introductory, while the second chapter provides readers with the information on how the vessels are constructed in Holland of today, The third chapter of this work addresses the contracts used as the historical sources of information. The last chapter of this title is conclusive in nature and summarizes the previous chapters. The text of the book has been expanded with the informative tables of comparison between shipbuilding formulas, technical factors of the early ships, key to the ship parts, and several informative drawings for better understanding. The Glossary of the relevant terminology has also been provided.

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U-Boat Prey - Merchant Sailors at War 1939-1942

   This perfect title prepared by Philip Kaplan together with Jack Currie, lets readers have a close look at the very rare photos obtained from the wartime archives. Nice book for everyone interested in the naval history - it features so many dramatic pictures of merchant ships and rare archive photographs. The main content of the book has been arranged in ten big and well illustrated chapters covering the development of the aircrafts, description of the sub-types and variants, providing some information of the F82 service during the Korean War, and some other interesting info, supplemented with the final chapter addressing the removal of type from the war theatre in 1952. A very brief contents - Merchantmen; Merchant sailors; Hunters; Will she starve?; Liberty ships; The hunted; Tanker; A cadet's story. Take some time with this publication and we are pretty sure you will not be disappointed. Real photographic images of the real merchant sailors, their activities, vessels they served, their duties and dangers - this all has been covered. The content of the publication presents a good combination of the nicely written narrative text and excellent professional photos that give the readers a full clear picture of the actual life of the merchant sailors of the past.

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The Art of Medieval Technology - Images of Noah the Shipbuilder

   The author of this title is the world famous and renowned professional in the field of the European history. The publication contains the results of his work on Noah which began being a part of the search for the images and illustrations of the ship sand ship construction in the Medieval times. During this work, the author found numerous very rare materials valuable for his own study and also for the history of art. All efforts have been made to get the proper understanding of how the medieval artists approached different technical matters. The information found by the author was not actually consistent with the sayings of the most of art historians. This study of Noah is heavily relying on his earlier works on the European shipbuilding which was actually planned as a combination of the new technical knowledge about the design of the vessels of medieval era obtained in the course of the archaeological researches. Richard Unger did a really great job conducting the examination of a huge number of illustrations of Noah building the ark. The ones selected for the inclusion in this volume are demonstrating the very close and complex connection between the work of the artists and technologist, and also represent a portion of a pattern of change in the way the technology is shown by the artists.

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The Boat Beneath the Pyramid

   This book prepared by Nancy Jenkins is very well produced, it contains numerous beautiful pictures contributed by John Ross. The text of the publication presents a conventional view of the main purpose of the boat. In fact, not too many of the archaeological finds are of a really great interest to a wide public; most of them are interesting only to quite limited number of people whose life is dedicated to this science. However, from time to time some of the finds coming along stimulate the public interest, and one of such finds is the Royal Ship discovered in 1954 and presenting a very rare example of the well-reserved historical vessels with the condition allowing for the complete reconstruction. This vessel is more than four and half thousand years old; however, the hardware and timber parts were found to remain sufficiently intact. The completely reconstructed vessel is now resting a in special glass enclosure close to the Giza pyramids. And the story told by the author of this publication, which is interesting not only to the historians but also to the non-professional readers with general interest in the history, is very-well told allowing all categories of readers to learn something new and get aware of the facts that are commonly quite difficult to meet in most of the other books.

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Farewell to Steam

   The invention of the steam engines was definitely one of the events deservedly considered most significant and important to the whole development of the modern human civilization; its impact on the course of North American history alone was as direct and powerful as its own mechanical action. This creation is one of the simplest and, at the same time, most beautiful power mechanisms that man has ever devised; to me all other machines pale by comparison. This is an engine with a number of cylinders with a piston travels straight back and forth inside each of the cylinders, i.e. "reciprocating". Steam, being admitted and exhausted alternately at both ends of the piston stroke, pushes the piston forward and back, making each stroke a power stroke—a unique feature of the reciprocating engine. It means that the force is transmitted directly from the piston to either a wheel or a crankshaft by a system of rods and cranks, creating a sublime precision of movement. The fact that there are no gears or transmission makes this the only engine with equal power both in forward and in reverse, and enables it to move anything provided there is enough steam for pushing the piston. A nice and interesting publication to be there on the bookshelf of any lover of history.

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The French Assault on American Shipping, 1793-1813

   This publication has been initially planned to serve as a comprehensive accounting of the losses that were sustained by the merchant marine fleet of the United States at the hands of French privateers as well as the public vessels, officials and administrators in the course if the Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras in France. The original reports of the ships losses were received from the owners and masters of the ships, plus from the insurers who were dealing with filing the claims and protests. American consuls were filing the reports and naval officers were writing the reports and filing the claims for salvage every time they recaptured a seized ship from the French captor. Obviously, it is nearly impossible to know the correct number of the ships, and have the accurate information about their value or the value of the transported cargoes that have been either confiscated or destroyed, both legally and illegally. In some cases portions of the cargo on board the vessel were taken in a port or even at sea and then the vessel was release, and it was not every time when they paid for it. In other cases the crew members of the vessels were removed, robbed or even killed... That is why it is very difficult to get the exact numbers and the author of the volume had to work with the approximate estimated figures...

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Attack at Dawn - Reliving the First Battle of Narvik in World War Two

   First of all, it should be noted that the present title is not actually intended to mislead readers into considering it a serious work of naval history. Ron Cope, the author of the volume, leaves that to those with far more professional abilities than he would claim to have. However, he believes it should be considered as being the first definitive record of accounts from those who were actually involved in the First British Battle of Narvik. It comprises their own experiences regarding how they managed to survive after the battle and also escape capture by the enemy. The author's position is that he cannot vouch that all the accounts are fully factual although from the sheer volume that we have been able to gather, there must be a lot of truth. However, he can definitely confirm the crew members of the 2nd Destroyer Flotilla were there and during the ensuing years were still able to describe what they had witnessed. In addition, the author had to accept that all the information obtained by him from the crew members' families and friends, passed on either verbally or in the form of paper documents or tape records, is indeed true and fully correct. His efforts has eventually resulted in this perfectly researched and informative publication providing readers with the insightful and important content.

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Victory in the Pacific 1945

   Here is the final volume of Admiral Morison's monumental work on the naval history. The book consists of three big chapters - Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Miscellaneous Operations. The text part is supplemented with numerous illustrations. Several useful and informative maps and charts have also been provided in the publication in order to help reader get some better understanding of the operations that took place in the course of the World War Two campaigns. This nice title is expected to serve as a practical source of reference and knowledge. In his excellent work, Admiral Morrison has made an attempt to thoroughly examine two famous naval campaigns in which he did participate personally, namely Okinawa and Iwo Jima. He has described all consequences of the kamikaze attacks on the ships of the United States Navy fleet and discussed the strategy that did actually lead to the final campaigns of that war and to the dropping of the A-bombs. The author has also addressed the logistical problems connected with supplying the armies and fleets far away from the bases, submarine attacks, and quite controversial loss of the famous USS Indianapolis, providing readers with the detailed account of the negotiations that resulted in the Japan's surrender.

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The Life and Times of a Merchant Sailor - The Archaeology and History of the Norwegian Ship Catharine

   This work by Jason Burns is focusing on the shipwrecking events and on the history as well as the archaeology of a single vessel. The publication provides readers with the information on the international shipping and struggle for dominance in the maritime shipping in the XIX century. The author has successfully used a wealth of the historical information and data together with the results obtained in the course of the numerous archaeological surveys to shed the light on the wreck of a XIX-century merchant ship off Pensacola, Florida, US, offering readers a very interesting story, well-written and researched... Stroll along the white sands of Santa Rosa Island on Florida's Panhandle, gaze out to the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, then close your eyes and imagine this scene: at daybreak the storm has abated, but heavy seas still pound the beach... In his book the author, Jason Burns, used the very wide assortment of historical data along with the results of various archaeological surveys in order to tell the readers the fascinating story of the shipwreck happened to a XIX-century merchant vessel "Catharine" not far from Pensacola, Florida. He offers a very interesting reading, well written and researched.

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The World Wonder'd - What Really Happened Off Samar

   This publication contains the detailed analysis of the primary documentation from both the USN and Japanese on the famous naval Battle off Samar on October 25, 1944. It is the great work and the must have book for naval historians. The author looks at the action of that battle in a very detailed manner and the text of the book supplemented with a great number of historical photographs. The chronological analysis performed within this work is very accurate and is not just the evaluation of the battle but rather a minute-by-minute description of the events that took place in the course of the battle. The book shall be treated as the essential reading not only for naval historians but for everyone seriously interested in battleship combats of the past. The approach to the presentation of information applied by Robert Lundgren, who is the author of this title, allows the readers to witness the battle as if they really participated in it. The content of the book has been arranged in pretty chronological order but the author switches from one vessel to another, covering both American and Japanese ships. He has also provided readers with the charts of the tracks for the ships fighting on both sides, and this has been greatly appreciated by the lovers of naval history, both professionals and enthusiasts.

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A Shipyard at War - Unseen Photographs from John Browns, Clydebank 1914-1918

   The author of this world popular and famous publication, Ian Johnston, who is a professional graphic designer having a deep interest in ships and their construction, presents the perfect and rare collection of the selected stunning shipyard photographic images, most of which have never been published anywhere before. The Clydebank ship construction yard, although known mostly for capital vessels and large liners, did build a vast range of the vessels between 1914 and 1920. This book includes two hundred images intended to depict in really unprecedented detail every single technical aspect of the shipyard's output, from Aquitania (1914) to Enterprise (1920). These images chronicle the huge impact that the war had on the working conditions in the ship yard, and especially in the introduction of women to the workforce. The publication is a remarkably vivid portrait of the lost industry at the very top point of its success. The quality of the photos contained in the book is truly incredible and the descriptions are accurately detailed and very interesting to all categories of readers regardless of their background. The vast majority of the images are focusing on the construction of the fifty-four vessels that took place at the shipyard in the period 1914-1919...

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Barrow-In-Furness In the Great War

   This publication has been intended to describe the role Barrow's output of the war materials played in the total Great War effort, paying particular attention to the Barrovians and men who surrounded the South Lakeland area, people fighting abroad, and women war heroes. The publication also includes valuable background information on the town's history, ship construction and iron ore, and it also provides a list of the vessels that were build at Barrow both before and during the Great War supplemented with the reference information on what exactly happened to each of those vessels. The author, Ruth Mansergh, has revealed the whole importance of the Barrow's industrial output. He has also made an attempt to uncover some little-known stories and designed the content of this work in a manner allowing it to be accessible to every single reader. The publication may also serve as a reference guidance to the local soldiers of the First World War. Two appendices to the main text of the book provide some research guidance and contain the extract from the historical document. The readers of this book will also find inside the information on the lost heroes of that War, recipients of the Victoria Cross and other relevant historical information.

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Black Flag - The Surrender of Germany's U-Boat Forces 1945

   The book by the world recognized expert in the field, Lawrence Paterson tells its readers the full and true story of the very last days of the famous U-boats, shedding some light on how their surrender has been accomplished. The author has performed a very thorough and meticulous research when working on the content of his book. The author is reporting in the experience of numerous surrendered U-boats. He has also addressed the destruction of the U-boats of the German fleet after the war as well as the disposition of some not scuttled U-boats. The publication presents a readable account of the above mentioned boats and will be appreciated by all naval historians; note, however, that the information contained in the volume will also be useful for the novices willing to develop a strong knowledge of the subject. Apart from the information presented in the form of the text, there are more than hundred photographs. This is a must for the serious collectors of the books on naval history and it has been positively met by all other readers, as well. In fact, the main intention of the author of this volume was to uncover some new material relating to the process surrender process and how this was actually handled...

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Cunard Portraits - 144 Scale Line Drawings of Ships of the Cunard Fleet

   The present reference publication was compiled by John H. Isherwood and has been dedicated to the vessels which used to belong to the famous Cunard Fleet. It was published some twenty five years back with the original intention of its author to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Cunard, it was a tribute to the memory of the author. This excellent reference book starts with the brief historical overview of Cunard followed by the detailed drawings of virtually all ships that used to form part of the fleet of Cunard Steam-Ship Company - it is a perfect pictorial record of the development of passenger shipping industry during past two centuries. The data contained in this publication, histories of the ships and their pictures, are mainly based on the info obtained from the Central Record of the World Ship Society. This is a very rare and very important book for everyone interested in the naval history. The amount of the technical information provided in the book makes in so interesting and valuable for all people interested in the naval history and ship modelers, in particular. Note that the publication contains some of the information that would otherwise be quite difficult to find somewhere else.

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Clipper Ships and the Golden Age of Sail

   At the times of commercial maritime shipping, the clippers were treated as the truly ultimate expression of grace and speed. There raced out to American and Australian continents at the record speeds and transporting the tea from China - their performance was perfectly combined with their beauty. This publication is intended to provide the interested readers with the insight to the clippers are with more than two hundred colorful paintings and informative illustrations together with the thrilling and fascinating descriptions of the sea adventures and races. The content of the publication includes the very origins of the clipper ships, great China tea-race, the famous long ocean voyage of the "Cutty Sark" clipper, and many other amazing and glorious pages of the clippers history. The book features the firsthand accounts, real ship log entries, reports from the newspapers of that time and other details allowing readers make a clear and full picture and making this title an excellent and truly wonderful reading presenting readers with the fantastic collection of the stories of many sailing vessels and sea voyages. The huge amount of interesting facts and images of the book by Sam Jefferson is definitely impressive and difficult to be found in any other publication on the same subject.

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Atlantic - Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

   This is a remarkably well-prepared and documented publication detailing the history of the Atlantic Ocean. Simon Winchester is telling a truly breathtaking story, blending geography with reminiscence and science with exposition. The author did a really amazing work weaving together the history and the human interest in the very readable manner. According to the numerous reviews, this title is a must-have publication for every naval historian and enthusiast. The publication will provide readers with a deep and fresh insight into the ocean history. The information selected for inclusion into this book has been presented in a really interesting way for the readers. The author of the volume is a known and recognized person in the world of naval history and all his publication have been greatly appreciated by the readers all around the planes, but this particular book has been deservedly considered one of his best titles. Being a best-seller author and consummate historian, he has set an excellent and epic text telling us not only the pure story of the Atlantic Ocean itself, but also the story of the whole human civilization. The readers will definitely like this resonant and penetrating tale of the humans finding their way across the history...

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The War on Hospital Ships 1914-1918   During the early seventies while working as an apprentice shipwright within Cammell Laird Shipbuilders and Engineers I first became aware of men who, while serving in the merchant navy, survived an attack by torpedo. In this instance an unlikely-looking veteran of the Second World War had sailed as a carpenter on merchant ships running the gauntlet of the U-boat packs. In my youthful innocence the man appeared rather old, forgetful and occasionally confused. His workmates explained his demeanor in whispered tones 'His ship was torpedoed while he was securing cargo in the hold. He managed to scale the hold escape ladders with the sea water lapping at his heels and never quite recovered from the experience'. He was evidently suffering from what we now term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, something I would again become acquainted with during a stint as a carpenter in the merchant navy. In the 1970s ageing veterans of the Second World War Atlantic convoys still abounded in an ever shrinking British-staffed merchant navy; they, like so many former veterans, shied away from discussing their wartime experiences. However, one individual routinely kept his cabin light off during the night, so as not to show a light to submarines! During the war his tanker was torpedoed off the Caribbean island of Curacao, and whenever our tramp tanker approached the island he suffered flashbacks, packed a valise and prepared to go to hospital. Three decades later the consequences of the term 'ship torpedoed' took on a new meaning as I witnessed at first hand, the trauma revisit an ageing seaman. It is a sobering thought indeed to imagine the fear and anxiety experienced by the merchant navy personnel as they determinedly maintained the United Kingdom's essential food and materials lifeline. The fourth service depended on women and men like my maternal great-grandfather who survived a torpedo attack off the Irish coast; family legend maintains he returned home, still in his wet clothes. To add insult to injury when a vessel sank, the shipping companies automatically ceased paying wages to the crew. Denied an income, the seafarer generally signed on the next outward bound ship; faced with the starvation of their families most took to the sea, to worry about the U-boats another day. During the great recruitment drive for the army, volunteers officially had to be aged between eighteen and forty-one years old, extended upwards in 1918 to fifty-one. The Mercantile Marine had no such confines, exemplified by Mrs. Bridget Trenerry, a sixty-five-year-old stewardess drowned on Asturias. If a person's past life flashes by in the seconds before death, seventeen-year-old Henry George Taylor's must have passed in the blink of an eye, as he drowned trapped in the bowels of the Dover Castle. Their status as non-combatants meant little during the merciless war at sea.

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