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Down to the Sea: The Fishing Schooners of Gloucester

Garland, Joesph E.

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ISBN 10: 0879234709 / ISBN 13: 9780879234706
Published by David R. Godine, Boston, 1983
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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A history of Gloucester schooners, Òthe fastest, leanest and most challenging working boats ever built.Ó (from the dj blurb) Gloucester, MA, was a major fishing port from the 1700Õs though the early 20th century. GarlandÕs volume is illustrated with 160 superb marine photographs from the Cape Ann Historical Association. A signed letter dated Aug. 11, 1983, from the author thanking hosts of a reception on the publication of his book, is stapled to the verso side of the loose front endpaper. Mylar covering DJ has some rubbing. A collectible copy!. Bookseller Inventory # 118

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Title: Down to the Sea: The Fishing Schooners of ...

Publisher: David R. Godine, Boston

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: signed by author via attached letter

Book Type: book

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No vessel in American history paid off more handsomely or at a more terrible cost than the Gloucester fishing schooner. These were the fastest, leanest, and most challenging working boats ever built. They carried enormous canvas, were designed with the fine lines and long overhangs of racing yachts, but were expected to race off to the Grand Banks and back, their holds crammed with fish. The schooners were built for speed, not safety, and if their payout was large, so was the loss of life: a staggering 668 schooners and 3,755 Gloucestermen went to the cruel depths in the 68 years between 1830 and 1897 alone.

Down to the Sea is an illustrated chronicle of these everlastingly romantic vessels and of the intrepid captains and crews who worked them from the early eighteenth until well into the first quarter of this century. It is the tale of men, a town, and an industry that swiftly became the stuff of American legend.

Here, too, are previously unpublished masterpieces of marine photography, many from the Cape Ann Historical Association s important collection, which provide a visual record of both shocking hardship and sheer physical beauty. Gloucester, her boats and her crews are much in the news these days. In this glorious book we see that the legacy, legends, and tragedies that have always been integral to this brave harbor are nothing new; only the names have changed.

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