A Mariner's Miscellany

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Seafarer Books, 2005 - Boats and boating - 289 pages
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The period from the late eighteenth century to the first part of the nineteenth century was characterised by change: rapid industrial change, the agricultural revolution, political, economic and social reform. Yet there was also continuity, which led to tensions between improvement and resistance, modernity and tradition, rich and poor. Revolution, Radicalism and Reform provides a foundation for the study of the political, economic and social developments of the period. Topics covered include: Pitt and Liverpool, the French wars, the age of Peel, economy and industrialisation, poverty and Chartism. Revolution, Radicalism and Reform is part of the Cambridge Perspectives in History series. The book matches the requirements of the OCR examination specifications. It is suitable for all Advanced Subsidiary (AS) students, as well as students and undergraduates needing an introduction to the period. The book also contains a document study section on the condition of England at that time.
 

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Contents

A sea of dreams
1
Buy a boat and you buy the sea
4
Many times beauty is the difference
12
The most beautiful of all the nineteenthcentury clipper ship
16
Speed on the ship
25
The search for comfort afloat
33
The music of the sea
45
And what is the sea?
51
Think small
130
Save yourself save others
142
Wind and sails were made for each other
150
Sailcloth and rope
158
Knots rigging rigs and ballast
169
Who wants to be foretold the weather?
182
Sailors sail on their stomachs
188
The Captains charge is to command all
203

A ship
55
A kiss of a seaman is worth two of another
59
Bread is the staff of life rum is life itself
66
Nautical books memorable opening lines
76
Read all about it
79
One of the excellentest artes that ever hath bin devised is the arte of navigation
87
The language of the sea
99
Signaling the oldfashioned way
113
Free at last
121
Sailors are a superstitious lot
214
What you call it affects what it is
226
Time and tide wait for no man
238
Remembrance of things past
254
Yachting a bit too much? Try rowing
268
An emblem of hope
275
LEnvoi
286
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Peter H. Spectre, a renowned writer with a lifelong appreciation of the sea and its traditions, is the former editor of WoodenBoat magazine and the current editor of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors. He is co-author of Afloat on the Tide and author of A Mariner's Miscellany, also published by Sheridan House.

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