The History of the Ship: The Comprehensive Story of Seafaring from the Earliest Times to the Present Day

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Published in England by Conway Maritime Press and in the U.S. by The Lyons Press, The History of the Ship covers the technology and commerce of deepwater vessels from Pharaonic times in Egypt to the 1990s, with emphasis on the ships and shipping of the past 500 years. This is a survey of a large subject, and it includes naval vessels and their technologies and politics as well as cargo vessels and their economic fortunes and misfortunes. Twenty well-illustrated chapters discuss Medieval shipping, the surge in trade and exploration before 1600, the naval wars of European trading nations, steam and the demise of sail, twentieth-century naval technology, and the changes that came with the containership, electronic, and nuclear era that began in the 1960s.

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A commanding view from the bridge of nautical history, "The History of the Ship" takes a comprehensive look at the ships of all ages, from dugout canoes to Nelson's ships-of-the-line, from great battleships and ocean liners to today's most sophisticated aircraft carriers, and supertankers. 250+ illustrations, many in color .

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A commanding view from the bridge of nautical history - the complete history of searafing, from the acclaimed author of the Nathaniel Drinkwater nautircal-adventure series.
Mary Rose, Constitution, Sovereign of the Seas, Cutty Sark, Monitor, Dreadnought, Lusitania, Bismarck, Nautilus, and Savannah: Each of these vessels played a pivotal role in human affairs. The History of the Ship is a comprehensive look at the ships of all ages, from dugout canoes to Nelson's ships-of-the-line, from great battleships and ocean liners to today's most sophisticated container ships, aircraft carriers, and supertankers.
Intertwined with the history of ships and the men who sailed them is the story of the technological, political, and economic developments that have shaped the evolution of nautical vessels, which Woodman succinctly places within their proper contexts, creating one of the most fascinating histories of man as inventor, trader, and warrior ever written. Filled with hundreds of illustrations-everything from frescoes from the pharaohs' barges to nineteenth-century watercolors of great frigates and plans of submarines and ocean liners-this is an essential reference for the history buff, the ship modeler, and the nautical-book collector.

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