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Product Details

  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (January 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071486569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071486569
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"A valuable and lively resource. Jeans sorts truth from fiction with a sure hand and does full justice to both." —Peter Stanford, President Emeritus, National Maritime Historical Society

“A veritable sourcebook of nautical history, beliefs, and heritage. Every true mariner will get lost in this book.”—Boating

Seafaring Lore and Legend is a storehouse of wonders for those who love the sea. From Noah’s Ark to Thor Heyerdahl’s raft, from Atlantis to the Northwest Passage, author Peter Jeans scours the ages and the seven seas for fanciful, inspiring, and bizarre tales of sea monsters, ghost ships, lost continents, castaways, pirates, explorers, superstitions, and customs.

Discover the surprising truths behind:

  • The origins of naval salutes and the Beaufort Scale
  • Flogging a dead horse and other oddities of nautical custom
  • Sea chanties, scurvy, and the hardships of life at sea
  • Infamous and noteworthy sea captains and their ships
  • Famous wrecks and mutinies
  • Mermaids, sirens, and sea nymphs
  • Nautical superstitions such as the albatross and Fiddler’s Green
  • And much more

This is a book you can open anywhere to savor for a few minutes or an afternoon. But be careful: it's easy to lose track of time at sea.

Peter Jeans began his love affair with seafaring lore more than forty years ago. He has been an adventurer, English teacher, and columnist, and is an avid sailor and writer whose books include Ship to Shore: A Dictionary of Everyday Words and Phrases Derived from the Sea.

About the Author

Peter D. Jeans is the author of Ship to Shore: A Dictionary of Everyday Words and Phrases Derived from the Sea.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kira Jovian on February 12, 2007
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This book has been around my home and to my work for the past few months. I really love both the way it is organized (in short single sitting chapters) and the range of material it covers. It is definitely not an in depth study of every lore and legend out there by any means. But it does not try to sell itself as such - it does offers a great sampling of many upon many stories out there, from well know to down right bizarre, which can then be further researched elsewhere to the readers desire. I throughly enjoyed "Seafaring Lore and Legend" and recommend it to any one with even an inkling of love for the sea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Book Freak on November 1, 2012
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Everything unbelievable said or written about the sea can be found in this book. You will read this book, enjoy it, and wonder why you did either of those two things. Its a great read if like me, you are interested in where the origins of sayings and phrases come from. Its a good book to read yourself to sleep at night.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steven cantu on February 7, 2014
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i would like to get warranty replacement on my tech armor screen protectors ,,,,they have a life time warranty on them
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sally Seas on March 14, 2007
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This has a lot of interesting stories and lore but is somewhat dry to read
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