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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Maritime
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; First Edition edition (February 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486246582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486246581
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Conrad B. Senior on August 9, 2000
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Master seaman, shipbuilder and nautical chronicler Charles G. Davis here charts an anecdotal, highly personal course through our rich nautical history. Written in a style both entertaining and informal through which bubbles as genuine love of sailing vessels and sea lore, American Sailing Ships evokes the very feel of salt spray and rolling decks.
In nearly 140 photographs, prints and plans (most drawn by the author, an accomplished marine architect), you'll find a first-rate cross-section of a wide range of sailing ships from the eighteenth through early twentieth centuries. Here too is knowledgeable discussion of ship size, design, proportion, rigging details and more. Included are:
Block Islanders
Quoddy boats
Chebacco Boats
Pinkys
Fishing Schooners
Clippers
Packet Ships
Bugeyes
Oyster Luggers
Frigates
... and others
American Sailing Ships offers lively discourse on shipbuilders such as 18th century American designer Joshua Humphreys, whose frigates had no equal among the sailing men-of-war of any other nation; illuminating insights regarding crews, chains of command and life at sea; an account of how the Gloucester-built chebacco boat Fame earned the right to that name as a privateer during the War of 1812, outsailing and capturing vessels ten times its weight; and much more.
Davis's classic work is sure to intrigue sailing enthusiasts, historians, Americana buffs and model builders. American Sailing Ships, here in its first popularly priced paperback edition, promises the imaginative reader an unforgettable taste of seafaring excitement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 18, 2012
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This book is a reprint of a book first published in 1929 so it may look outdated, the photos and graphics are what could be expected from the printing processes of those days. Nevertheless it is a very interesting book written by someone who really loved saling ships. The author shows enthusiasm and knowledge about this subject, he was a man of the 19th century watching how this kind of ships were disapearing from the seas. This is not a book for the ship modeler but the drawings can be used as reference if you are interested in some of the ships depicted. Overall I think that this book is for those who love sailing ships and are comfortable with the style and limitations of the printing shops of the early 20th century.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ED Stoutenburg on September 24, 2014
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Interesting illustrations and plan view's of some of smaller working[sail] coastal cargo and fishing craft that were as common place a Hundred years ago as cruise liners and supertankers are to us today. First Published in 1929,the text makes for informative reading as the Author is relating to vessels that many people alive in his day had either had family who had immigrated to U.S. on or had themselves as children.Or worked as crew on same ships.Good context for those who like Historical linkage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Rob The Diver on May 21, 2013
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This book has a very inclusive look into the history of ship building and it's changes over time! It's a great book to add to your library!
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Even though it was not what I expected, this was a good book for anyone interested in sailing vessels. This book is a reprint of a book first published in 1929 so it does tend to look outdated with the photos and graphics looking a little blurry and out of focus. But you can tell from the author that this person was written by someone who really loved sailing ships. The written details are full of enthusiasm and knowledge. Despite the limitations of the drawings, this is still a good book for those, like myself, who enjoy reading about old sailing vessels!
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Charles G. Davis has written quite a few good books on ships and ship modeling. This book brings discovery of the many types of sailing ships of American history that I was unaware ever existed. The various American sailing ships Mr. Davis focuses upon gives us not only ship designs, but history behind those many designs, development of them in America, and how each design performed its mission.
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GOOD OVERVIEW FOR SHIP MODELERS. good reasearch tool. a bit outdated but still usefull. I would recomend this book to others
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