Title: The Heyday of Sail: The Merchant Sailing ...
Publisher: Naval Inst Pr
Book Condition: Like New
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Condition: Fine; Dust Jacket Condition: "SHIP 1650 - 1830. 4to, 175pgs. Solid, clean and bright." Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # 54291
Synopsis: Between the final divergence of warship and merchantman around about 1650 and the triumph of steam from 1830 onwards, there were no comparable revolutions in ship design. Nevertheless, the merchant sailing ship was subject to almost continuous improvement and diversification, resulting in an ever-expanding spectrum of local types and specialized variants. Taking this variety as its central theme, this study departs somewhat from the pattern of the "Conway's History of the Ship" series to concentrate on developments at regional and local levels, emphasizing the influence of trading conditions on the history of each ship type. Coverage is not confined to the European/North American tradition, but also includes the seagoing ships of the East, working craft of the inland waterways and sailing pleasure craft.
From the Publisher:
The ship is probably the most influential tool in human history and it continues to exert a widespread and persistent fascination. CONWAY'S HISTORY OF THE SHIP is the first comprehensive and authoritative account of this technological and cultural phenomenon.
An unprecedented line-up of over one hundred leading maritime historians and specialists from around the world has been assembled to ensure that the work is informative, authoritative and fully international in outlook.
Every significant ship type from the dawn of seafaring to the present day is analyzed in detailed and coherent essays. Each volume adopts a strong theme which allows it to stand alone, but throughout the series.
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