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About the Author

Terry Breverton is the author of numerous books on the sea and pirates, including The Pirate Dictionary, The Pirate Handbook, and Black Bart Roberts: The Greatest Pirate of Them All, A five-time recipient of the Welsh Books Council’s Book of the Month award, he has presented documentaries on the Discovery Channel and the History Channel, and has appeared on numerous other television programs on pirates and privateers. He lives in the United Kingdom.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599219794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599219790
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We stumbled upon this book at the Oddysea store in Half Moon Bay, and my husband couldn't put it down. I got it for him as a Christmas gift, and he has enjoyed it. It quickly became a coffee table book in our nautical themed living room, and guests tend to enjoy it as well. I highly recommend it.
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What a cool book! Who ever thought to write a neat compilation of Nautical facts, trivia of historical nature, and tales, was very clever! I have a father who is exceptionally hard to shop-for-a gift-for! He seems to have EVERYTHING that he wants, ALREADY! Well, when I asked him if he'd heard of this book, after I saw it, and he answered: "No", I KNEW I wanted to get it for him! He has a love of sailing and the boating the seas now that he is retired and, this NAILED IT ! Would recommend!
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Terry Breverton has a knack for organizing information and presenting it in interesting, easily digestible chunks. He begins in familiar waters: chapter headings include "An A-Z of Sea Slang," "Sea Conditions and Weather," "Life at Sea," "Death at Sea," "Heroes, Heroines, Sea People and Navigation," and "Villains of the Sea." Read through these sections and you'll learn a lot about types of ships, parts of a ship, a ship's food and medical care, naval weapons, famous captains and, of course, pirates. In "Islands, Ports, Harbours and Capes," Breverton explores the geography of seafaring.

In the final chapters, he casts his eyes a little deeper. "Animals of the Seas" and "The Ocean Environment" delve into biology and zoology, laying out for readers the many fascinating creatures that call the oceans home, as well as the environmental threats against them. Breverton makes a serious case for conservation, detailing the mass extinctions that are occurring even now and projecting what's likely to occur if we continue on our present course.

This is a darling of a book, easy to read at length or keep handy to browse piecemeal.

by Tom Knapp, the Rambles.NET guy
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Great little coffee table book for our beach house. Interesting cover and lots of little factoids you can either pick up and skim or actually sit down and read through.

Not sure if its the accurate answer but the idea that irish step dancing might have originated from sailors was an interesting tidbit.
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If you're interested in maritime or anything nautical this book is one of my favorite in my little nautical library.
Fun and yet packed with accurate info on everything from historical events to seamanship do's and don'ts.
Awesome present for anyone you know who's into this.
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All of Terry Breverton's books are amazing. If you like this I recommend the Encyclopedia of Inventions, and Phantasmagoria: A Compendium of Monster, Myths, and Legends. You can't go wrong for the price of these books and the bindings are great.
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A nice compendium of famous ships, sailors, legends, monsters and sayings with nautical origins you have heard lots of times before but never thought to. I Really love this book, I picked it up for research purposes and got so much more than I expected.
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Great book full of amazing facts. Well laid out with little repetition. All kinds of interesting facts and legends. If you love the sea, this a great addition to your library.
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