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American Sailing Ships: Their Plans and History (Dover Maritime) Paperback – January 18, 2012


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  • Series: Dover Maritime
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; First Edition edition (January 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486246582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486246581
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,245 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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1 of 1 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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By james van pelt on April 19, 2014
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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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