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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (1 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486429881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486429885
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 13.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good coverage of European ships - a bit dry 1 Nov. 2013
By Shawn L. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book does a great job of covering the history of European ships (with some small info about Chinese and other designs). It goes into specific detail on the distinctions between northern (Viking) and southern (Mediterranean) styles styles and how they merged into the modern European sailing ships. It covers many innovations (such as the invention of the center rudder) and discusses how much is known and (more often) not known about these specific advances.

As a new sailor who knew nothing about the history, it was a great introduction. And like most introductions, I felt like it went into too much details on some things and not enough on others. Specifically, I felt like the authors spent too much time discussing the exact details of who invented what and when, rather than focussing more generally on the broad changes over time. Conversely, I would have liked more discussion on the history of rigging (how the Bermuda rig was developed and became so prevalent today, what steps led to that). However, I suspect my interest there is a bit specific, so I shouldn't expect that such a introductory book would cover it :)

Overall, I found this a very informative read. It was a little dry at times, but that's probably to be expected from a book on the history of sailing ships :)
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A Short History... 16 Dec. 2010
By Robert J. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be fascinating in that the authors have crafted, using both an informative and easy-going writing style, a book which is accessible to both novices as well as more experienced readers alike. Though the book is called a "short" history, it focuses primarily on Mediteranean, European, Scandanavian and British maritime history from the time of the ancient Egyptians of 4000 B.C. to sailing vessels of roughly the late 1800's...in the above-named regions. Though this may sound like a lot of ground to cover, the book doesn't bog the reader down with too much detail or technical information but only gives the relevant information which the authors need to help explain the history and development of sailing vessels through out history. This book is NOT a world history book of sailing ships but focuses on the above-named places and times in particular. You're out of luck if you want a history of sailing ships regarding everything...everytime...everywhere! After all, it is a "short" history! However, the information given in the text, as well as the many illustrations, help to foster a greater appreciation and understanding of the history of sailing ships to the reader, in general. A concise and highly recommended book of maritime history!
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Good 17 Jun. 2009
By Gianantonio Tassinari - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I feel this work is a good step from which people being interested in learning about ancient maritime and ships history may depart to deeply investigate this fascinating matter.
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