Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia

Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia

by Lincoln P. Paine
     
 

Ships have always played an important role in shaping human destiny, and this comprehensive and very readable encyclopedia covers more than one thousand of the world's best-known and most significant vessels of every size and type. Each ship is described in a vivid short essay that captures its personality as well as its physical characteristics, construction, and

Overview

Ships have always played an important role in shaping human destiny, and this comprehensive and very readable encyclopedia covers more than one thousand of the world's best-known and most significant vessels of every size and type. Each ship is described in a vivid short essay that captures its personality as well as its physical characteristics, construction, and history, from the drawing board to the scrap yard or museum. Even fictional ships and boats, such as the African Queen, are included. Two hundred illustrations show the grandeur and grace of oceangoing vessels, maps help the reader follow the tracks of the great seafarers and naval campaigns, and time lines offer a chronological perspective on archaeological sites, naval warfare, technology, exploration, and disasters at sea. Ships of the World is not only an invaluable reference but fascinating reading for anyone who has the slightest interest in history or who simply likes messing about in boats, whether on the water or from a comfortable chair at home.

Editorial Reviews

bn.com
Set sail with this illustrated encyclopedia featuring more than 1,000 of the world's most well known ships. Real-life and fictional vessels populate this wonderful book, which all lovers of the sea will cherish.
Booknews
A former editor of magazine provides details of over a thousand of the world's most significant and best-known vessels of every size and type. In addition to a short essay about each, he describes its physical characteristics, construction, and history from the drawing board to the scrap yard or museum. He even includes fictional ships such as the . Includes 16 pages of color plates among over 200 illustrations, article-specific references in addition to a comprehensive bibliography, a chronology, and a glossary without pronunciation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395715567
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/17/1997
Pages:
696
Product dimensions:
8.35(w) x 10.31(h) x 1.69(d)

Meet the Author

Lincoln P. Paine, formerly editor of Sea History magazine and director of the Schooners Foundation, is a member of the national advisory board of the American Sail Training Association. He lives by the sea with his wife, Allison, and two daughters, who bare the names of famous ships. He currently lives in Portland, Maine.

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