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tory, American hi story or great ships wi ll thrill to the battles of the Tripo li campaign and the War of 18 12, as well as fee l Martin 's pain at the ignominiou s treatment Old Ironsides received during her subsequent periods of inactivity. At the lowest ebb of the great ship 's hi story, she was, in succession, a receiving barracks, a school and a cargo vessel. Gradually, subsequent administrations realized th e incredible value of the ship and started her on her long journey back to respectability. Martin 's efforts take us through the completion of Constitution's three-yearoverhaul and the preparations for her 200th birthday.

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Charlestown Navy Yard (Division of Publications, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior, Washington DC, 1995, 89pp, illus, index, ISBN 0912627-60-3; $4.75pb) This and other NPS books available at 304 535-6018. This outstanding small guide to Boston 's famous navy yard conveys a vividly depicted history of the yard itself, which opened in 1800 and closed in 1974. It also offers useful insights into the actual business of building ships in the ages of sail and steam, with cutaway models and clear diagrams, supplemented by illustrations of the time. The work covers the famous yard commanders and important ships handled, from wooden walls like USS Constitution to the 24 destroyers built there in World War II. A full sympathetic account is given of the changing conditions of work and the lives of the working people. The National Park Service is to be congratulated on this excellent popular hi story, worth more than its price for the illustrations alone, to say nothing of the first-class story . PETER STANFORD

Sailing on Friday: The Perilous Voyage of America 's Merchant Marine, by John A.Butler (B rassey' s Inc., Washington DC, 1997, 304pp, illus, biblio, index, ISBN 1-57488-124-8; $27.95 hc) John A. Butler is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy , a former licensed deck officer on US-flag merchant ships, a former naval officer, an experienced cruising sailboat skipper, and an obv ious aficionado of all SEA HISTORY 83, WINTER 1997-98

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