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Seafaring Lore and Legend Paperback – January 17, 2007
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"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.
Top Customer Reviews
I devour everything maritime-related - fact, fiction, legend, historical shipwrecks, etc. However, I just couldn't get through this. It doesn' flow well and feels as choppy as some of the seas the author writes of. It felt more like a half-hacked research paper than an engaging good read. Disappointed. I really wanted to like htis book. This book will, unfortunately, be moving on to my local used-book stored.
I will purchase additional books in this series.
The only downside is that, while the range of topics covered is very broad, the entries are unfortunately too short. More than a handful of times I would read an entry on some mystery or particularly fascinating story, but there weren't enough details to quench my curiosity so I had to go to Wikipedia to read the whole story (as opposed to the summary provided by the book).
Otherwise, to someone who is completely new to the topic of seafaring lore this was a really interesting read.
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