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international politics and naval strategy. His superb paintings depict the evolution of the type-from USS Wampanoag (1 875) to the K/MS Admiral Graf Sp ee (1 939)-as well as a few related plates: a scene of Arab dhows and two wa tercolors of the P&O liners that would have become principal targets in times of war. M arshall's settings are places where each specific ship visited: Malta, Port Said, Zanzibar, Toulon, Isle of Wight, Macao, Valparaiso, H ampton Roads and m any other ports great and small. Marshall's artistry bears the imprint of a childhood spent near the a tmospheric Firth of Forth by Edinburgh, Scotland, and his subsequent international career as an architect of public and private buildings, w hich roo k him to inspiring locales in Africa and the M editerranean. H e now lives on the M aine coast and serves as president and fellow o f the Ame rican Society of Marine Artists. R O BERT LLOYD W EBB

Nor' easters, blizzards, and hurricanes. Spanish galleons, German U-boats, and presidential yachts. Pirates and privateers. Claiming more than 2,300 vessels since 1632, the Delmarva Peninsula's Atlantic coast rivals North Carolina's Outer Banks for the infamous tide "1l1e Graveyard of the Atlantic." Maritime historian Donald G. Shomette brings these stories to life, featuring the accounts of twenty-five ill-starred vessels-some notorious and some forgotten until now. An appendix provides a complete catalog of all 2,300 recorded wrecks. $60.00 hardcover

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Captain Bligh's Second Chance: An Eyewitness Account ofhis Return to the South Seas by Lt. George Tobin, edited by Roy Schreiber. (Chatham Publishing, Londo n , 2007, 184pp, m aps, illus, index, notes, ISBN 978- 1-8 61 76280- 1; $34. 94hc) For more than 200 years, the wo rld's fas cination with Captain Bligh, Fletcher Christian, and the mutiny o n the Bounty has not abated . In 179 1, at the h eight of his populari ty in England, William Bligh was ordered to undertake a second voyage to transpo rt breadfruit from Tahiti to the Caribbea n. Lt. George Tobin acco mpanied Bligh as the junio r lieutenant on the Providence, a crack new ship which , unlike Bounty, was well suited for the mission of carryi ng breadfruit plants by the thousands. Larger, full y staffed with offi cers and a contingent of m arines, Providence provided Bligh with the appro priate tools to complete his task. The fac t th at he did this, with few significant p roblern.s, suggests again the peculiar circumstances tha t plagued the Bounty voyage. Tobin provides a lively acco unt of the Providence voyage tha t includes an intim ate and intriguin gly goss ipy acco un t of life in Tahiti. The volume's tid e, clearly designed to attract readers, is slightly m isleading, as Bligh himself plays a minimal role in the narrative. There are, however, so me interesting

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