The American Clipper Ship, 1845-1920: A Comprehensive History, with a Listing of Builders and Their Ships

The American Clipper Ship, 1845-1920: A Comprehensive History, with a Listing of Builders and Their Ships

by Glenn A. Knoblock
     
 

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This work offers a new and comprehensive account of the fastest and most beautiful sailing ships ever built. It explores the quest for speed on the seas from the early 1800s through the fast-paced times of the 1850s spurred on by the California Gold Rush of 1849. Not only are the career details of such noted ships as the Flying Cloud and Challenge discussed in detail,…  See more details below

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This work offers a new and comprehensive account of the fastest and most beautiful sailing ships ever built. It explores the quest for speed on the seas from the early 1800s through the fast-paced times of the 1850s spurred on by the California Gold Rush of 1849. Not only are the career details of such noted ships as the Flying Cloud and Challenge discussed in detail, but they are also put in context with the times in which they operated. Their builders in East Coast states from Maine to Florida are discussed in detail, as are the men, and a woman in one instance, who commanded and manned these ships. The book documents the roles that owners and shipping agents played, what kinds of cargo the ships carried worldwide and the unusual trades in which they participated.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
solid...detail of the work is impressive...recommended
The International Journal of Maritime History
comprehensive history...extraordinarily rich detail...a valuable contribution to American maritime history
Work Boat World
this substantial book is exactly what it says it is in the subtitle. Extensively researched and well put together, it has a very useful index and a most impressive bibliography. There are more than 360 pages of extremely detailed descriptions of most the world's significant clippers and their builders. There are also numerous excellent engravings to illustrate the text...a very useful presentation of very important and interesting history

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476602844
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/15/2014
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
26 MB
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Meet the Author

Author and lecturer Glenn A. Knoblock is the author of many works of history. The top military contributor to Harvard/Oxford University Press eight volume African-American National Biography (2008), he also writes on local history. He lives in Wolfeboro Falls, New Hampshire.

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