American Sailing Ships: Their Plans and History

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Dover Publications, 1929 - Sports & Recreation - 196 pages
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Master seaman, shipbuilder, and nautical chronicler Charles G. Davis here charts an anecdotal, highly personal course through our rich nautical history. Written in a style both entertaining and informal through which bubbles a genuine love of sailing vessels and sea lore, American Sailing Ships evokes the very feel of salt spray and rolling decks.
In nearly 140 photographs, prints, and plans (most drawn by the author, an accomplished marine architect), you'll find a first-rate cross-section of a wide range of sailing ships from the eighteenth through early twentieth centuries. Here too is knowledgeable discussion of ship size, design, proportion, rigging details, and more. Included are Block Islanders, Clippers, Quoddy Boats, Packet Ships, Chebacco Boats, Bugeyes, Pinkys, Oyster Luggers, Fishing Schooners, Frigates, and others.
American Sailing Ships offers lively discourse on shipbuilders such as 18th-century American designer Joshua Humphreys, whose frigates had no equal among the sailing men-of-war of any other nation; illuminating insights regarding crews, chains of command and life at sea; an account of how the Gloucester-built chebacco boat Fame earned the right to that name as a privateer during the War of 1812, outsailing and capturing vessels ten times its weight; and much more.
Davis's classic work is sure to intrigue sailing enthusiasts, historians, Americana buffs, and model builders. American Sailing Ships, here in its first popularly priced paperback edition, promises the imaginative reader an unforgettable taste of seafaring excitement.

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Contents

Block Island Boats and Pinkys
1
Model of New England Pinky Gloucester
12
Stern Views of Pinky from Yarmouth Nova Scotia
16
The Fishing Schooner
24
Gloucester Fishing Schooner James W Parker
28
Gloucester Fishing Schooner Metamora
32
Details of Rigging on a Gloucester Fisherman
33
The Baltimore Clipper and Other Southern Craft
37
Ships Rousseau and Desdemona at New Bedford
57
Deck Plans of Packet Ship St Den1s
63
South Street New York City in 18 80
74
The Frigate Rale1gh
77
Model of United States Frigate Rale1gh 1776
82
The Frigate Congress
121
Sailors Telling Yarns on an OldTime Frigate
122
Masts and Spars of United States Naval Vessels
139

Baltimore Schooner M1ldred Add1son
40
Chesapeake Bay Buckeye
44
Deck View on a Gloucester Fisherman
49
New Style Sponge Boats at Tarpon Springs
53
The Packet Ship Isaac Webb
56
List of Plans of Ships
159
Fishing Schooner Henry Ford Ashore on Cape Ann
172
Index
191
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