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Maritime & Naval History

Paperback, Peter D. Jeans, 370pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 71486569
A wonderfully entertaining miscellany of maritime myths, superstitions, fable and even fact. Presented in a relaxed style displaying a passion for the classic and sometimes obscure nautical tales of pirates, mermaids, castaways and buccaneers.

Paperback, Dava Sobel, 180pages, 4.5 x 7.5, ISBN: 9780802715296
Engagingly told true story of John Harrison, the lone genius who met the greatest scientific challenge of his time by perfecting the marine chronometer and solving the problem of measuring longitude at sea, profoundly altering history. Color photos.

Hardcover, Theresa Levitt, ISBN: 9780393068795
How a scientific outsider came up with a revolutionary theory of light and saved untold numbers of lives. . Augustin Fresnel (1788–1827) shocked the scientific elite with his view of the physics of light. The lens he invented was a feat of engineering that made lighthouses blaze many...

Paperback, Jim Christley, illust. by Tony Bryan, 48pages, 7.25 X 9.75, ISBN: 9781841768595
A fine examination of the fleet submarines of the U. S. Navy during WWII. Archival photos combine with detailed artwork to bring these fascinating vessels to vivid life. Features detailed cutaways and interior photos.

Paperback, Mark Kurlansky, 282pages, 5 x 7.25, ISBN: 9780140275018
Spans a thousand years and four continents to tell the history of cod fishing and the fish that changed the world and made possible the settlement of North America.

Paperback, Barbara Smith, 224pages, 5.25 x 8.25, ISBN: 9781894877237
The high seas are sinister places, where powerful storms overwhelm unsuspecting ships and desperate sailors clash, often with tragic results. As Barbara Smith shows in this fascinating collection, many who die at sea soon return as ghosts and eerie premonitions that enrich the sea's...

Paperback, 280pages, 5.5 x 8.5, ISBN: 9781944824242
“1789 April: Just before sun-rising, Mr. Christian, with the master at arms, gunner’s mate, and Thomas Burket, seaman, came into my cabin while I was asleep, and seizing me, tied my hands with a cord behind my back and threatened me with instant death if I spoke or made the least...

Paperback, Captain Heinrich Paasch, 412pages, 8.5 x 5.8, ISBN: 9781628738018
Captain Heinrich Paasch was the first to recognize the complexity and variety in marine vocabulary and technical terminology and the inherent need for a cohesive classification of nautical terms. Equipped with over thirty-five years of seafaring experience, including as a sailor, captain, and...

Hardcover, Ian Graham, 224pages, 6.8 x 0.9 x 9, ISBN: 9781770857193
Fifty Ships That Changed the Course of History  is a beautiful guide to fifty water vessels that played a key role in world history and had a great impact on human civilization. The book presents the ships chronologically, beginning with Pharaoh Khufu's Solar Barge from about 2566 BCE. The...

Paperback, Capt. James Cook, ISBN: 9780140436471
Cook led three famous expeditions to the Pacific Ocean between 1768 and 1779. In voyages that ranged from the Antarctic circle to the Arctic Sea, Cook charted Australia and the whole coast of New Zealand, and brought back detailed descriptions of the natural history of the Pacific. Accounts...

Paperback, Angus Konstam, 128pages, 7.5 x 0.4 x 5.1, ISBN: 9781472808691
Ships have been part of military campaigns since the Ancient world, and this expertly illustrated and detailed Spotter's Guide offers a look at the 40 most iconic and recognizable ships throughout history. From the Viking longship through to the powerful modern aircraft carriers, and from the...

Paperback, Tom McCarthy, 304pages, 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches, ISBN: 9781493033713
Great American Shipwreck Stories  is a magnificent collection of gripping accounts of a ship's encounter with a great whale or an overwhelming monsoon or a disastrous passage through the Straits of Magellan, leading to a wreck and a crew's harrowing plight for survival on the open seas or...

Paperback, Ian Toll, 560pages, 6 x 95, ISBN: 9780393330328
The epic history if the founding of the American Navy and how a handful of bastards and outlaws fighting under a piece of striped bunting humbled the omnipotent Royal Navy. From the decision to build six heavy frigates through the war of 1812.

Paperback, Horace Beck, 544pages, 6 x 9, ISBN: 9780913372364
Fascinating collection of true and apocryphal stories from the oral tradition of those living by and on the ocean. No other book like it.

Paperback, Frank Lanier, 208pages, 9 x 6, ISBN: 9780071825269
A nautical trivia book on steroids, learn why it is a Blue Monday and other expressions with a nautical past Jack Tar and the Baboon Watch  is a  Ripley's Believe It or Not  for the mariner—everything odd, weird, and unbelievable. Mariner and author Frank Lanier began...

Paperback, Theodore Schellhase, 176pages, 9 x 5.9 x 0.6, ISBN: 9780764331978
Explore the early history of Oregon by delving into the journals of explorers Alexander Mackenzie, David Thompson, and Lewis & Clark. Read about journeys into Oregon and first encounters with Native Americans on the coast. Hear legends of white-winged ships that first came to these shores...

Paperback, Brian Hicks, 304pages, 5.25 X 8, ISBN: 9780345466655
On December 4th, 1872, a 100-foot brigantine was discovered drifting through the North Atlantic without a soul on board. Not a sign of struggle, not a shred of damage, no ransacked cargo—and not a trace of the captain, his wife and daughter, or the crew. What happened on board the ghost...

Hardcover, Roger Taylor, ISBN: 9780939511433
NEW Herresoff book.  Makes the perfect Christmas gift for any sailor on your list

Paperback, Richard Dunn, 80pages, 4.4 x 0.3 x 8.3, ISBN: 9780747815068
With over two-thirds of the globe covered by water, the ability to navigate safely and quickly across the oceans has been crucial throughout human history. As seafarers attempted longer and longer voyages from the sixteenth century onwards in search of profit and new lands, the tools of...

Paperback, Michael Varhola, 206pages, 5.5 x 8.5, ISBN: 9780762744923
Twenty-one riveting stories with illustrations of ships that met their end in the treacherous waters of the Great Lakes including British gunboat, The USS Niagara, Civil War steamer Island Queen and, of course, the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Hardcover, Barry Pickthall, 224pages, 10 x 1 x 7.9, ISBN: 9781472918857
The book provides a fascinating insight into the history of sailing explored through a hundred objects that have been pivotal in the development of sailing and saling boats. From the earliest water-borne craft, through magnificent Viking warships, to the technology that powers some of the most...

Paperback, Olivia A. Isil, 125pages, 7 x 7, ISBN: 9780070328778
A salty collection of over 250 words, phrases and sayings that have become common in English usage. Arranged alphabetically and each entry is accompanied by a full explanation of origins and use. For lovers of English and the sea.

Hardcover, Dr. Barry Gough, ISBN: 9781550175738
From internationally recognized author and historian Barry Gough, here is another riveting history of exploration on the high seas. . The tale begins in sixteenth-century Venice, when explorer Juan de Fuca encountered English merchant Michael Lok and relayed a fantastic story of a marine...

Paperback, David Barrie, 384pages, 5.3 x 0.9 x 8, ISBN: 9780062279354
In the tradition of Dava Sobel's  Longitude  comes sailing expert David Barrie's compelling and dramatic tale of invention and discovery—an eloquent elegy to one of the most important navigational instruments ever created, and the daring mariners who used it to explore, conquer,...
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