Sea History 025 - Autumn 1982

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with an index.


American Traders in European Ports: The Alexander 0. Vietor Collection of Ship Portraits, Charts and Related Material, by John Swain Carter, foreword by Dallas Pratt (Peabody Museum of Salem, Salem MA, 1982, 35 pp., illus., $12.50). A beautiful catalog of the collection which Vietor, w.ho was curator of maps at Yale University (1946-78), donated to the Peabody Museum. John Carter's text gives a full historical perspective and insight into this fine and fascinating collection. Included, is a guide to European ship portrait artists for the period of 1750-1850. Chesapeake Bay Sloops, by William Gillmer (Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels MD 21663, 1982, $5 + 90<1: postage). This study by Annapolis naval architect Wm. Gillmer includes photos and drawings of representative vessels, including J. T. Leonard, once owned by the Museum and cited by Gillmer as the last sailing working sloop in America. Against Wind and Weather: The History of Towboating in British Columbia, by Ken Drushka (Douglas and Mclntryre, Ltd., Vancouver BC; dist by U. of Washington Press, Seattle WA, 1982, 264 pp., illus., index, $24.95). From the first real tug, Isabel, built in 1866 by a sawmill owner, through the turn of the century, when tugs became more specialized and independent companies aggregated, to the bitter strikes of the 1970s and present-day operations, Mr. Drushka gives the full story, including economic and social factors. A wonderful collection of historic photographs and stories told in the words of the men involved make this book a real find-especially, of course for tug aficionados. Rescue by Sail and Oar: Lifeboats Before the Days of Engine Power, by Ray Kipling (Tops'! Books, Sulhamstead, Berkshire RG7 4EH Uk, 1982, 64 pp., illus., £2.50). A tribute to lifeboatmen who worked in sailing and pulling lifeboats from the late 18th century up until the 1950s, when the last engineless oared lifeboat went out of service; stories of wreck and rescue, bravery and disaster. Includes 54 historic photos. Passenger Ships of Australia and New Zealand, by Peter Plowman (Conway Maritime Press, Ltd., 2 Nelson Rd. London UK, 1981, Vol I, 1876-1912, 224 pp., Vol II, 1913-1980, 220 pp., illus., photo, £12.50/ vol). These two volumes cover the full histories of 205 passenger ships, from small cargo ships, with the barest accommodations, to great luxurious liners. SEA HISTORY, AUTUMN 1982

Schoonerman: Captain Richard England, foreward by Winston Graham (Hollis & Carter, Bodley Head Ltd., 9 Bow St., London WCZE 7AL, England, 1981 , 294 pp., illus., £8.95). Captain England traces his career from the 1920s to being the master of the tops'! schooner Nellie Bywater, lost in a storm in 1951. A tribute to a glorious era, the people, the lore and the trades. Named Best Book of Sea in 1981 by King George's Fund for Sailors. The Ship in the Medieval Economy, 600-1600, by Richard Unger (McGillQueen's University Press, Montreal, 1980, 304 pp., illus., $32.95). Gathering up many disparate threads of recent research on the development of shipping from the end of the Roman world up to the threshold of our times, this valuable work helps answer how we got from there to here . Good notes and bibliography.

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Enjoy! We endeavor each year to offer you books of real merit and meaning to those who follow the sea. You may imagine how pleased we are, this year, to offer:

The Royal Tour: 1901: or the Cruise of H.M.S. Ophir, by Chief P.O. Harry Prince (William Morrow & Co., New York, 1980, 200 pp., facsimile ill., $20.95). This beautifully reproduced facsimile of a carefully kept and illustrated journal gives a lower deck view of a world tour by the future King George V and Queen Marybringing to life, memorably, a world of vanished pride and splendor.

Anton Otto Fischer, Marine Artist, by Katrina Sigsbee Fischer, with Alex Hurst. This fine volume by the artist's daughter offers a personal look at Fischer's life with many family photos and fine reproductions of his paintings, most of them in full color. .Size, 9 x 11112'', 260 pages, 235 illus., hardcover, $65.

Seafaring Under Sail: The Life of the Merchant Seaman, by Basil Greenhill and Denis Stoneham (Annapolis MD, Naval Institute, 1982, 184 pp., illus., $18.95). Apart from some inaccuracies in naming preserved historic ships, this is a faithful, informed commentary on some very good photographs of the life in sailing ships, and of the ships themselves, and a worthy testament to "the demanding, dangerous yet sometimes rewarding trade of seamen under sail."

Shipwrecks and Archaeology, by Peter Throckmorton. The adventure of the early days of marine archaeology told by one of its pioneers. 260 pages, hardcover, 45 photos, $17.75.

The Seaman's World: Merchant Seamen's Reminiscences, intro. Ronald Hope (Marine Society, 202 Lambeth Road London SE! 7JW, 1982, 142 pp., £4.95 in UK or $15 from NMHS). Make way for a sailor! Here is a tapestry of his world, incredibly changed and in some ways oddly impoverished from Victoria's reign to our times. The Water Link: A History of Puget Sound, by Daniel Jack Chassan (University of Washington Press, Seattle WA, 1981, 192 pp., illus., $8.95). Explores the legacy and living history of the Puget Sound and how it figured in the economic and social development of that area. Chassan, a journalist, has done extensive historical research and his book includes .t fine photographs.

The Seaman's World: Merchant Seamen's Reminiscences, with an introduction by Ronald Hope. Recollections from the boiler room to the bridge, in peace and war. Hardcover, 142 pages, $15. The Peking Battles Cape Horn, by Irving Johnson. A classic narrative of a passage round Cape Horn in 1929 in the steel bark Peking, with a new forword and afterword. Hardcover, 225 pages, illus. with 40 photos, $11.95. Please send your check or money order to:

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