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setback to a fellow." His first gundalow, the Fannie M. , was launched in 1886. With a capacity of 60 tons, she was over 69ft overall , with a beam of 19ft, and a draft of about 4ft. Although " modernized" by the addition of a gasoline engine, she carried the standard lateen rig on a spar about the length of her hull , as well as long sweeps (to make an "ash breeze") and a leeboard . Engaged primarily in freighting brick, the Fannie M.'s real significance lies in the studies made of her in the 1920s and '30s. Under the auspices of the WPA , D. Foster Taylor wrote an exhaustive account of her design and measurements. His article, later published with plans (none of which are to be found in Winslow's book) forms the basis of most subsequent research , especially that of the Piscataqua Gundalow Project. The Project itself is typical of the maritime preservation movement , and Winslow's treatment of it in Chapter Three could serve as a primer for anyone embarking on a similar enterprise. He gives balanced weight to all aspects of the Project , and to the usual struggles with deadlines and the bottom line. The Captain &lward H. Adams was finally launched in time for Durham, New Hampshire's 250th anniversary in 1982. Winslow brings a historian's temperament to his topic. The book's faults are few. His style, like the Piscataqua , ebbs and flows, and he should have included a better map of the region and a ship's plan. These chinks aside, his book is sturdy and practical , much like its subject. L INCOLN P AINE

Mr. Paine is a New Yorker who has served as a Coordinator at Operation Sail 1986, and worked with Opsail '76 and successive Harbor Festivals.

The Lore of Sail, by William A . Baker et al (Facts on File, New York, NY 10016, 1983, 256pp, illus, and color, $5.95 pbk) . Dealing with all aspects of both large and small sailing craft , this small pockettype book also covers the development of hulls down through the years, hull design and construction, ship carpenters' tools, vessel decoration , types of vessels and rigs, national and shipping company flags, navigation and allied instruments, and lighthouses. The whole book has been adapted from a large, hard-cover Swedish publication of 1963, The Lore of Ships. So one must keep in mind that the terms and phrases used are mostly European, and not necessarily wrong, such as naming the mizzen mast of a five-masted vessel the " middle mast ,'' the fourth becoming the SEA HIS'IORY, SUMMER 1985

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