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Ship [Hardcover]

Brian Lavery
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1 Sep 2005
Whether you're a Master, Commander or Pirate of the Caribbean, this is the vessel for you. From the earliest canoes to today's sophisticated ocean-going giants, Christopher Columbus to Ellen MacArthur, witness the drama, the splendour and excitement of Ship's story above and below the waves, through centuries of exploration, endeavour and conflict. Produced in association with the National Maritime Museum.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (1 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405311541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405311540
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 22 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 797,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An awe-inspiring study of our maritime past and present...'Ship' is a compelling tale of exhilarating adventure, combined with authoritive detail' - Marine Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Brian Lavery is Curator of Naval History at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. He is the author of many books. As a highly respected maritime historian he was consultant on the film Master and Commander, and consulted on the replica constructions of Captain Cook's Endeavour and the emigrant ship Susan Constant. Brian resides in Greenwich, London.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning 26 Oct 2009
This shares a common feature with many DK books: anyone between the ages of 8 and 108 can pick it up, open it at any page and be mesmerised. Sufficient detail to delight the diehard maritime enthusiast, yet readable enough to capture the imagination of a small child. Combine this with fantastic illustrations and photographs and the magical layout typical of DK and you have a essential addition to anyone's bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview 14 Feb 2013
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If you want to know the history of ships and ship building, navigation, naval warfare, this is the book you need. The Dorling and Kindersley attention to detail and lavish use of illustrations is well represented here. Well worth the price and effort – it is a BIG book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ships 21 Sep 2010
Another excellent book ruined by a publisher {DK}who appears only capable of producing a presentational mess by printingg over 2 pages the best illustrations and pictures. The National Maritime Museum should have more editorial control.
the book deals with 5000 years of maritime adventure from the birth of boats up to thev present global age.
The illustrations,photographs and text with the exceptions given above are excellent.
The pre-history section is the most interesting as little is recorded about this era in other publications.
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