THE SHIP — LONG SHIPS AND ROUND SHIPS
|Publisher||National Maritime Museum|
|D O W N L O A D|
The present publication was released to shows the readers the process of the development of both the merchant vessels and specialized ships of war, starting from the earliest times and up to the present day. The content was worked out by the National Maritime Museum and Her Majesty's Stationery Office.
The book is self-contained and incorporates the latest available information and the latest thinking on the subject, but they are readily intelligible to the non-specialist, professional historian or layman. Above all, as should be expected from the only large and comprehensive general historical museum in the world which deals especially with the impact of the sea on the development of human culture and civilization, the approach is unromantic and realistic.
Merchant ships were and are machines for carrying cargo profitably. They carried the trade and, in the words of the very distinguished author of this second book, the creation of wealth through trade is at the root of political and military power'. The vessel of war, the maritime vehicle of that power, follows and she is a machine for men to fight from, or with.
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