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Folklore and the Sea (Maritime) Paperback


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  • Series: Maritime
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Mystic Seaport Museum (January 1, 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0913372366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913372364
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everything you always wanted to know about sea lore but didn't know were to ask. -- Oceans

Scholarship is present throughout the book and plenty of it and Professor Beck has done this superbly well. -- Dolphin Book Club News

This beautifully produced and comprehensive volume should be in any large folklore or maritime collection. -- Library Journal

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A superb account of the traditions and legends of the people who live by the sea; their beliefs and superstitions about boatbuilding, the weather, creatures real and legendary, the ghosts and saints and demons that surround and influence their lives. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jason S. Taylor on October 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a book devoted to the study of nautical folklore. It gives such things as superstitions, colorful tales, ship naming customs, songs and the like and much of the folklore of the sailors life. It is told by an author who appears in his photo like and has the personality of, exactly the person who should be dealing with the subject, a retired old salt at a seaside inn and so on. If he ever actually does tell stories at an inn, I would not find it odd.

It is a great book and one which can be read over and over. It provides splendid entertainment as well as interesting knowledge in a warmhearted manner.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nina Gray on May 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was researching folklore in the New England coastal region when I came across this book. It was wonderfully written and provided me with everything I was looking for. Horace Beck obviously knows what he is writting about. I give this book 5 stars!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DJ Reviews on January 6, 2013
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This is a really fun book. It gives you a lot of history, verbatum stories by the "old folks" who really believe these superstitions, and lots of good info on pirates, mermaids, superstitions and customs, and the like. I thought it might be a dry tome since it is so big but its not, if you like history and learning about cultural differences. It is not humorous but written in a light style so it doesn't get boring. Plus you can pick it up and open it to whatever subject you want, there is no chronology so you just read what you fancy that day. A pleasant surprise and highly recommended.
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I first read this book when I was spending a week on a small island on the Maine coast. It's crammed with info about everything maritime and the author lays it out in a friendly, easy to read way. Everything is discussed, from songs, to names of places, to ship design, to pirate history, superstitions, and yes, even mer-men. This is the perfect book for keeping on your boat to pass idle hours, or give to a friend who loves the sea. I really enjoyed learning what all the pirate phrases mean and the reasons behind the many superstitions you encounter in seafaring.
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