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The Heyday of Sail: The Merchant Sailing Ship 1650-1830

Gardiner, Robert

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ISBN 10: 1557503605 / ISBN 13: 9781557503602
Published by Naval Inst Pr
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Condition: Fine; Dust Jacket Condition: "SHIP 1650 - 1830. 4to, 175pgs. Solid, clean and bright." Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # 54291

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Title: The Heyday of Sail: The Merchant Sailing ...

Publisher: Naval Inst Pr

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Like New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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By the middle of the seventeenth century a recognisable division had arisen between ships built for war and those intended for trade. Although many merchant vessels, like East Indiamen, continued to make useful naval auxiliaries in times of conflict, this division was a highly significant step for ship design, and between this 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, in both hull form and rig, and the result was an ever expanding spectrum of local types and specialised variants.<br />Taking this variety as its central theme, The Heyday of Sail departs somewhat from the pattern of the series to concentrate on developments at regional and local levels, emphasising the influence of trading conditions on the history of each type. Despite the importance of the subject - the prime vehicle of European economic and colonial expansion - this is probably the first book to attempt a detailed survey of the merchant sailing vessel in its heyday.

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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. <br /> 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. <br /> 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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