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Shipwreck: A History of Disasters at Sea

Shipwreck: A History of Disasters at Sea [Kindle Edition]

Sam Willis
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'The stories of these wrecks are fascinating and well told - even poetic. But it is what each tells us of the maritime world, naval history and the nature of warfare at sea that gives this selection its great interest and shows the erudition and intelligence of the author' Dr Oliver Walton, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

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Shipwrecks have captured our imagination for centuries. Here acclaimed historian Sam Willis traces the astonishing tales of ships that have met with disastrous ends, along with the ensuing acts of courage, moments of sacrifice and episodes of villainy that inevitably occurred in the extreme conditions. Many were freak accidents, and their circumstances so extraordinary that they inspired literature: the ramming of the Essex by a sperm whale was immortalized in Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Some symbolize colossal human tragedy: including the legendary Titanic whose maiden voyage famously went from pleasure cruise to epic catastrophe. From the Kyrenia ship of 300 BC to the Mary Rose, through to the Kursk submarine tragedy of 2000, this is a thrilling work of narrative history from one of our most talented young historians.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5182 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (5 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GTQP716
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dr Sam Willis is a maritime historian and archaeologist and is a
fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is the author of the
best-selling Hearts of Oak Trilogy and the Fighting Ships Series. He
has consulted on maritime history for many clients including the BBC,Channel 4, NBC America and Christie's. Sam's work is coloured by his knowledge and
experience of seamanship. Sam's unique approach to maritime history and his vivid style of writing has led to him being described as 'A Nautical Tour de Force'.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shipwreck 27 April 2012
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If watching my husband 'devour' this book, I can only say CONGRATULATIONS on yet another Sam Willis triumph! I too found myself drawn in to the beautifully illustrated and well written contents - I could even become as interested in marine history as my husband - especially if the books are by Sam Willis, a truly amazing communicator. This book now sits proudly alongside all the other Sam Willis books on our bookshelf (all well read by both of us!). Only problem is that I think we have now read all that's been written by this amazing historian and await impatiently for more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shipwreck. By Sam Willis 13 Jan 2014
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An absolutely amazing book. All the information is here to describe these most horrendous wrecks.
The illustrations and photos are quite amazing. Certainly a must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars wrecks 19 Aug 2014
This excellent pictorial book deals with important shipwrecks over the past 2,000 years from the ancient and dark ages up to 2,000AD.
Of the 20 incidents recorded the usual sospects are there- Mary Rose (1545) Titanic (1912) USS Arizona (1941) and the Kursk (2,000).
Details such as type of ship,construction,dimensions,propulsion,armament,launch date and fate are civen for most ships.
Very well written and researched with first class maps,illustrations and photographs where available.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A well put-together collection 1 Oct 2013
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I'm no expert on maritime affairs but we all enjoy a good sea story. This is a well presented coffee table book which brings the terror of disaster on the high seas to the armchair reader. It covers all eras of naval history. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 July 2014
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as expected I am happy with purchases
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