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Seafaring Lore and Legend: A Miscellany of Maritime Myth, Superstition, Fable, and Fact / Edition 1
     

Seafaring Lore and Legend: A Miscellany of Maritime Myth, Superstition, Fable, and Fact / Edition 1

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by Peter Jeans
 

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ISBN-10: 0071486569

ISBN-13: 9780071486569

Pub. Date: 01/14/2007

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

"A valuable and lively resource. Jeans sorts truth from fiction with a sure hand and does full justice to both."
—Peter Stanford, President Emeritus, National Maritime Historical Society

“A veritable sourcebook of nautical history, beliefs, and heritage. Every true mariner will get lost in this book.”—Boating

Seafaring Lore

Overview

"A valuable and lively resource. Jeans sorts truth from fiction with a sure hand and does full justice to both."
—Peter Stanford, President Emeritus, National Maritime Historical Society

“A veritable sourcebook of nautical history, beliefs, and heritage. Every true mariner will get lost in this book.”—Boating

Seafaring Lore and Legend is a storehouse of wonders for those who love the sea. From Noah’s Ark to Thor Heyerdahl’s raft, from Atlantis to the Northwest Passage, author Peter Jeans scours the ages and the seven seas for fanciful, inspiring, and bizarre tales of sea monsters, ghost ships, lost continents, castaways, pirates, explorers, superstitions, and customs.

Discover the surprising truths behind:

  • The origins of naval salutes and the Beaufort Scale
  • Flogging a dead horse and other oddities of nautical custom
  • Sea chanties, scurvy, and the hardships of life at sea
  • Infamous and noteworthy sea captains and their ships
  • Famous wrecks and mutinies
  • Mermaids, sirens, and sea nymphs
  • Nautical superstitions such as the albatross and Fiddler’s Green
  • And much more

This is a book you can open anywhere to savor for a few minutes or an afternoon. But be careful: it's easy to lose track of time at sea.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071486569
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
01/14/2007
Edition description:
List
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,322,273
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments          

Note to the Reader          

Introduction          

1. IN THE BEGINNING          

2. FABLED LANDS          

3. LEGENDARY VOYAGES          

4. SEA QUESTS OF OLD          

5. MARITIME HISTORY          

6. NAUTICAL CUSTOM          

7. LIFE AT SEA          

8. THE CAPTAIN AND HIS SHIP          

9. A MURMURING OF MEN          

10. BIG SHIPS AND BATTLES          

11. DEATH AND DISASTER          

12. NAVIGABLE WATERS          

13. CASTAWAYS AND SURVIVORS          

14. AT ODDS WITH THE LAW          

15. SEA FANCIES          

16. MYTH AND MYSTERY          

17. SEA MONSTERS          

18. WRAITHS OF THE SEA          

19. SUPERSTITION AND BELIEF          

Sources and Notes          

Select Bibliography          

Index          


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