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Seamanship in the Age of Sail: An Account of the Shiphandling of the Sailing Man-of-War 1600-1860, Based on Contemporary Sources Hardcover – January 15, 2016
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About the Author
John Harland was born in the great shipbuilding city of Belfast in Northern Ireland. Following his medical training he immigrated to Canada. He is a highly active member of the Society for Nautical Research and contributes to its prestige journal The Mariner's Mirror on a wide range of topics.
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The manuevers described in the Jack Aubrey/Steven Maturin series and the Horatio Hornblower series are included here as they were actually done. Facinating reading. The ultimate challenge for a competant sailor is to master handling a "ship-rigged" vessel.
Every square rigger sailing has a copy of this nicely illustrated book on board being passed around to new crew members. Or perhaps they are jealously hoarded, and reluctantly loaned out.
I've been trying to find these out-of-print book for several years now. If you see one pick it up and treasure it. Well worth the price. Write me if you have a copy for sale.
If you want to truly know the ropes, get this book.
Specially good section about the effect of the wind to the ship and its stability.
It helped me to understand more about the maneuver of the Clipper Stad Amsterdam when I was working as an Ordinary Sailor and I was crossing the Atlantic as it used to be crossed 150 years before.
I defenitly recomend you to buy it, if you are interested in tall ships.