For anyone who has read a Dorling Kindersley book in the past, you'll know exactly what I'm referring to when I say that this book is edited with the same ethos. This book is written very informatively but at the same time interesting enough for anyone of any age to be able to pick up read and be satisfied with, like other DK books it is illustrated beautifully and the diagrams and photographs are set out clearly and concisely (you only have to look at the book's cover of the RMS Queen Mary's Bow looming large as life and you'll be immediately enchanted.
Onto the information contained in this book; basically it is a history of man's fascination with the sea and in turn man's ability to try and conquer this powerful force. The book starts at the very roots of sailing from the hollowed out tree trunks used by native American Indian's to the galleys used by the mighty Roman Empire and of course the great steam liners of the 19th and 20th century. You can tell by the way the title has been written there has been a great deal of research involved, it is an endeavour of passion for sure and is jam packed full of sea faring information, stories, images and even a poem or two!
My fascination with the sea and indeed my fascination with ships came from the Titanic disaster, it wasn't until recently I discovered that my great uncle was employed by Harland and Wolf (Titanic's builders) as a cabinet maker and I felt a yearning to learn more about ships and how they are conceived, how they are built and how they work, fortunately I came across this gem of a book. Well worth the money!