Shipwrecks

Shipwrecks

by Karen Farrinton, Karen Farrington
     
 
For centuries man has fought to conquer the sea, to plunder its riches, and even to harness its awesome power. Great civilizations have been built---and have foundered---on people possessing the audacity and daring to venture onto the oceans of the world in search of food, treasures, and new lands. However, mariners cannot afford to forget for an instant that the

Overview

For centuries man has fought to conquer the sea, to plunder its riches, and even to harness its awesome power. Great civilizations have been built---and have foundered---on people possessing the audacity and daring to venture onto the oceans of the world in search of food, treasures, and new lands. However, mariners cannot afford to forget for an instant that the sea is a dangerous place. The ocean floors of the world are littered with the remains of vessels, such as the Titanic, which have fallen victim to the mighty elemental forces as well as those, which have perished due to bad navigation and seamanship. Others were the victims of malignant "wreckers" who lured ships onto the rocks in order to take full advantage of an ancient law known as "Right of Wreck," which gave them legal title to goods and artifacts salvaged from the sea.

Although space travel is now a reality, and the Earth can be circumnavigated in a few hours by supersonic aircraft, the sea is still the most important means of transport, the lifeblood of our daily existence.

Shipwrecksdetails the fate of the most famous ships to succumb to the waves, from the Mary Rose in the fifteenth century to the ecological disaster of the Exxon Valdez, in 1989. Including superb photography, it represents a fascinating account of these tragic vessels and offers a reminder that however technologically advanced our society becomes we should never underestimate the ever-present danger that lies in the power of the oceans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571451590
Publisher:
Thunder Bay Press
Publication date:
05/15/1999
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
9.41(w) x 12.44(h) x 0.69(d)

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