Portrait of a Port: Boston, 1852-1914

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Two hundred and thirty-four striking photographs of the port of Boston combine with interpretive commentary to recapture the flavor, buoyancy, and excitement of the city's years as one of the two or three great American ports. After the Civil War Boston underwent a radical and successful transformation from a declining mercantile home port to an important and competitive modern seaport. At the same time the transition from sail to steam was taking place. Photographic studies of deep water sail and steam vessels, ...

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Overview

Two hundred and thirty-four striking photographs of the port of Boston combine with interpretive commentary to recapture the flavor, buoyancy, and excitement of the city's years as one of the two or three great American ports. After the Civil War Boston underwent a radical and successful transformation from a declining mercantile home port to an important and competitive modern seaport. At the same time the transition from sail to steam was taking place. Photographic studies of deep water sail and steam vessels, naval ships, fishing boats, catboats, tugs, schooners, and sloops, and of the picturesque wharves—all create a kaleidoscopic visual history of these years of change.

The volume offers, as well, some of the most distinguished early work in photography, including the widest selection ever published of photographs by pioneer marine photographer Nathaniel Stebbins.

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Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
Although the author and compiler of this wonderful book states that it is a book of photographs, it is far more than that. It is a lovingly told story of a port--Boston--through the lenses of old-time photographers, contemporary accounts, and well-written research.
— Andrew F. Willis
Boston Herald
One can fish happily and enjoyably in these pages; something good comes up on every page. But it is better to bathe, for by doing so the reader gains an admirable idea of what happened to the port of Boston.
— Walter Muir Whitehill
Canadian Yachting
[This is the] first paperback edition of a marvellous book of photographs, with annotations, interpretations and brief essays by an expert who loves his subject. No other book I know evokes the maritime history of the Atlantic coast so well.
Choice
Considerably more substantial, both in size and content, than most pictorial maritime histories, this handsomely produced volume is most certainly not just another 'coffee-table book'...[It is] delightful for the browser [and] gratifyingly informative.
Historical Journal of Massachusetts
This book includes a marvelous collection of...illustrations, which along with the text by W. H. Bunting, the compiler and annotator, provide a most impressive Portrait of a Port...It is a beautiful book.
National Fisherman
Easily the best collection of historical marine photographs published in many years...This book gives a wonderfully representative cross section of a busy East Coast seaport in the last half of the nineteenth century.
Nautical Research Journal
I confess to owning a trio of copies [of this book]--one in the living room on my shelf of favorites, a grimy research copy in the studio, and a third to lend. You may ask, 'Why would a book published nearly a quarter of a century ago warrant another review?' Out-of-print for some time, new readers ought to know of its re-issue, for it is chock full of marvelous photographs selected with love and care and contains writing of the most informative and entertaining nature.
— John W. Hutchinson
Washington Post
Following Bunting's text is rather like being taken on a tour of a port by a venerable harbor pilot. Crisp and competent, he directs your attention to features which must be instantly obvious to him but would be overlooked by the novice.
— Timothy Severin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674690752
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1971
  • Pages: 540

Meet the Author

W. H. Bunting, a graduate of Harvard University, worked as a commercial fisherman.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Some Preliminary Considerations
1 A Short History of the Port of Boston 1
2 Some Waterfront Views 27
3 Shipbuilding and Repairing 71
4 Some Useful Vessels and Institutions of the Port 117
5 Fishing 169
6 Coastal Sail 217
7 Coastal Steam 285
8 Deep-Water Sail 333
9 Deep-Water Steam 395
10 The Navy in the Port 431
11 Recreation 451
Appendix I. Brief Remarks Concerning Several of the Photographers 495
Appendix II. Sources of Photographs 497
Notes 501
Index 511
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