The History of Shipwrecks

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The fascination of shipwrecks is in the tales they produce of treasure and tragedy. They also give us a unique window into our past, the rare opportunity to understand the mariners of days gone by and the ships in which they sailed.
Inside you can: discover why shipwrecks are important resources, and why they have fascinated people for centuries; learn how shipwrecks happen, and see what wrecks look like on the ocean floor; learn what happens in the final minutes before a ship ...

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Overview

The fascination of shipwrecks is in the tales they produce of treasure and tragedy. They also give us a unique window into our past, the rare opportunity to understand the mariners of days gone by and the ships in which they sailed.
Inside you can: discover why shipwrecks are important resources, and why they have fascinated people for centuries; learn how shipwrecks happen, and see what wrecks look like on the ocean floor; learn what happens in the final minutes before a ship goes down; chart the changes in ships from the earliest vessels to the Medieval period; trace the development of the ship from Medieval trading vessels to the ships of exploration that crossed the Atlantic and Indian Oceans; trace the development of ships through the twentieth century, and discover how we can learn surprising facts from relatively modern shipwrecks.
There are also timelines and maps, as well as inserts on famous divers such as Jacques Cousteau, Mel Fisher, and Bob Ballard, along with color photos, color maps, and much more.

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"A host of equally compelling maritime disasters that will enthrall."—Booklist
KLIATT
Pirates and shipwrecks—if any topics would be guaranteed to quicken a YA's interest, it would be these. Author Konstam, onetime Arms Curator at the Tower of London and lately Chief Curator at a maritime museum in Key West, has put together a pair of oversized paperbacks, stuffed with photos and drawings. These two titles are remarkably well done. Readers of the piracy volume learn that it was not always a Caribbean thing; at one time or another, robbery at sea has plagued nearly every part of the world. Nor was it just a colorful 18th-century phenomenon. Konstam covers the entire history of piracy, from the miscreants that Caesar hanged in ancient times down to the pirates that infest corners of the Far East today. The book features two-page biographies of various freebooters, from the most well known, such as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, down to obscure corsairs in other parts of the world. Feature pages about the various types of ships favored by sea brigands are especially choice, complete with excellent color drawings and plans. Indeed, all of the illustrations are well above par, and include color maps and drawings by notable artists like Howard Pyle. The shipwrecks volume is equally well done. Again brief sections are used, this time to depict the fates of individual ships or in some cases fleets. Interspersed are biographical sketches of prominent marine archaeologists and their recovery methods, as well as a few professional treasure hunters/plunderers. Besides the excellent illustrations, there are many modern color photographs of ancient wrecks and underwater expeditions. These attractive and colorful books are targeted at the secondary school level, but they are guaranteed tolure many an adult reader as well. KLIATT Codes: JS*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1999, Lyons Press, l92p. illus. maps. index., Puffer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585746200
  • Publisher: Lyons Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

ANGUS KONSTAM has written over a dozen books on piracy, shipwrecks, and exploration for the Atlas series. He has made a lifelong study of maritime history and archaeology, and the history of early European development. He is a museum professional with experience in both Britain and the United States, and holds degrees in history and archaeology.
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