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on 20 May 2011
This is a reprint of a book first published in 1938. It is a collection of stories, each being a separate chapter headed by what could be described as a sumary abstract by the editor, about life on board the final years of British merchant sail, with contributions by such noted individuals as James Bisset and Harry Hine. The text is illustrated with a number of black-and-white photographs, some of which are quite outstanding.

In terms of the literature of the history of the large steel-built merchant sailing ships of the last years of the 19th century and early years of the 20th century this book is considered a 'classic' of the genre.

For the devoted student of merchant sail it is recommended. It would also make for a useful introduction for anyone not familiar with the beauty of these ships and the hard life working them meant.
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on 18 October 2015
Nostalgic, evocative and deeply factual - a wonderful record of life aboard ships with no engine, which crossed and recrossed he world's oceans. Hardships were legend.... damp,wet, cold, tiredness, saltwater sores, danger are but just a few of the trials and tribulations suffered by crews, all for a pittance in recompense.
This book explains how and why they existed, and is not just a ripping yarn: a mixture of historical fact, descriptive copy and a great narrative. Well worth buying and reading.
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on 26 May 2015
Wonderful book which really tells it like it was - unputdownable!
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on 1 October 2015
Wonderful reading.
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on 27 April 2015
Some good stories here but gets a bit repetitive. Would have liked more detailed information about life on board. A sail diagram would be useful too.
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on 5 August 2014
excelent
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