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Ship: A History in Art and Photography [Hardcover]

Andrew Lambert
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20 Sep 2010
"Ship" brings together 360 of the most famous ships in history and fiction in one stylishly produced volume. Each one has its unique and fascinating tale to tell, the stories so dramatic that they have been immortalized in evocative artworks and captured in startling photography. Themes include exploration and scientific discovery; shipwreck and cannibalism; mutiny and piracy; human endurance and survival. Ships that excelled in battle or were lost in devastating circumstances are represented, whether as part of a fleet action or a single-ship duel. And then there are those that were the first of their kind - larger, stronger, more powerful. And faster: from the exciting tea clipper races in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to the Blue Ribband race between the super liners of the twentieth century and the incredible achievements of today's round-the-world racers, epitomized by Ellen MacArthur in her trimaran B&Q. International in its scope, this book will have wide appeal and its accessible format makes it easy to use. Ships are organized in alphabetical order, with name, class or type of ship and year of commissioning. Each entry uses an artwork, graphic image or photograph as its starting point, with 200 words of text recalling the event depicted that marks the ship out for inclusion. In some cases the ships are famous because of the painting itself. The entry is rounded off with details of the ship's specifications. Experts in the fields of sailing warships, battleships, ancient and medieval vessels, expeditionary ships, liners and cruise ships, and leisure craft and ships from literature have all been asked to contribute to a remarkable volume that is both an interesting and scholarly achievement and a visual tour de force.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Conway; First Edition edition (20 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844860760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844860760
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 24.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This weighty work could have so easily degenerated into a coffee table production placing style over substance. but with an impressive cast of academic contributors and a well-judged and well-presented selection of images, it adds up to a remarkably powerful exploration of the ship's role in society over the centauries ...there can be no dispute about this book's success in conveying the importance of shipping, its influence upon society amd the key themes in the development of the maritime industry - and providing an enjoyable visual feast and an endlessly fascinating read along the way. --Nautilus International Telegraph, February 2011

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Andrew Lambert is Laughton Professor of Naval History in the Department of War Studies at King's College, London

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This really is a great book. 28 Nov 2010
By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Compiled by a number of leading experts, I was tempted to describe this work as "All you ever wanted to know about Ships" and, in many ways, that would be an accurate portrayal of the work. Such a title, however, would require every ship ever built to be included and we all know that is simply impossible. Nevertheless, in a carefully crafted and quite exhaustive work, we find 360 ships from History and Fiction placed together in chronologic order to provide an amazingly authoritative appraisal of the subject.

This book explains the Ship like no other work I have ever seen. With emphasis on the visual, we have celebrated paintings of ships of yesteryear, historic photographs of some incredible craft and up-to-date photographs of modern and preserved vessels. All images are of the highest quality, reproduced on the finest paper and combine to provide the reader with a visually stunning product.

The book commences with a hugely informative 15 page (all text) introduction to the subject of the Ship. This is followed by the carefully selected 360 ships - each of which is afforded a full page with approx two-thirds of that page being given over to the artwork and the remainder to text.

Working its way from the earliest craft to the very latest, the book steadily draws the reader through the ages and where better to start than right at the beginning with Noah's Ark. From Triremes and Roman Galleys, this well-structured work brings the reader through the evolution of the Ship, including the warship, with incredible skill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This really is a great book. 28 Nov 2010
By Ned Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Compiled by a number of leading experts, I was tempted to describe this work as "All you ever wanted to know about Ships" and, in many ways, that would be an accurate portrayal of the work. Such a title, however, would require every ship ever built to be included and we all know that is simply impossible. Nevertheless, in a carefully crafted and quite exhaustive work, we find 360 ships from History and Fiction placed together in chronologic order to provide an amazingly authoritative appraisal of the subject.

This book explains the Ship like no other work I have ever seen. With emphasis on the visual, we have celebrated paintings of ships of yesteryear, historic photographs of some incredible craft and up-to-date photographs of modern and preserved vessels. All images are of the highest quality, reproduced on the finest paper and combine to provide the reader with a visually stunning product.

The book commences with a hugely informative 15 page (all text) introduction to the subject of the Ship. This is followed by the carefully selected 360 ships - each of which is afforded a full page with approx two-thirds of that page being given over to the artwork and the remainder to text.

Working its way from the earliest craft to the very latest, the book steadily draws the reader through the ages and where better to start than right at the beginning with Noah's Ark. From Triremes and Roman Galleys, this well-structured work brings the reader through the evolution of the Ship, including the warship, with incredible skill.

Many favourites are included such as; HMS' Hood and Royal Oak, USS' Arizona, Ticonderoga and Olympia, Emden, Yamato, Queen Mary, Savannah and Delta Queen in addition to those which made the headlines at the time; General Belgrano, HMS Antelope, Rainbow Warrior, Herald of Free Enterprise and Kursk. There are also the oddballs like the Ekranoplan (is it a plane?, is it a ship?) or the even more curious Novgorod - a shallow-draught, circular battleship with six massive propellers and large guns which sent the ship into an uncontrollable spin every time they were fired!

When I first realised fictional vessels were also included, I felt certain I would be disappointed - but not so. These ships really do have a place in history - even if it is literary history. They include Nautilus (from "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" written in 1870!), Pequod (Moby Dick) and even Jack Sparrow's Black Pearl!

Rarely have I ever enjoyed a book so much and, like me, you too will not be disappointed.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book. Open to any page! 31 Dec 2011
By ibuyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a terrific book. Open it to any page and you will be rewarded. It is a super coffee-table book, but I had to spend the month reading it carefully cover-to-cover, appreciating and investigating each page. Others that pick it up don't seem to be able to put it down either. Sorry about the cover. Even that is interesting when it appears as a page in context. Barely. So glad I ignored the cover and looked inside (I bought it in a bookstore).
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