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The ships of any age express the needs and ambitions of the people who build them They also reflect the state of technology at the time But the history of ships is not just a reflection of the history of man it is a complete and fascinating story in itself It began 5,000 years ago, on the banks of the Nile, with the funeral ship of a distant pharaoh At first, ship propulsion was largely a matter of sweated labour, but gradually the oared ship gave way to the sailing ship With progress in ship design, voyages became longer and adventurous The result was the discovery of new lands and an upsurge in maritime trade, calling for new types of ship to carry and protect it Then, in the 1880s, seafaring was transformed by the twin revolutions of steam power and iron construction Today, little than half a century since the demise of the last great sail trading vessels, we are in the age of the hovercraft, container ship and nuclear submarine The scope of this book includes merchantmen and men of war, ceremonial, pleasure and working craft of all civilizations and all ages, as well as the people who built and sailed them....

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ISBN : 1840135042
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Grange Books 2002
Number of Pages : 320 pages
File Size : 878 KB
Status : Available For Download
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  • Artur Zych
    2019-01-22 22:36

    Great, informative book. Used in one of my college courses, definitely opened my eyes to the world of ships. Essentially, two ships are usefully, cargo ships for transportation of goods/products, and carriers to carrying jet aircrafts.

  • Ned Middleton
    2019-01-21 21:27

    The foreword of this book is written by a most distinguished former Director of the British National Maritime Museum. Part of that foreword reads as follows: