The American Clipper Ship, 1845–1920: A Comprehensive History, with a Listing of Builders and Their Ships

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McFarland, Feb 10, 2014 - Transportation - 376 pages
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This work offers a new and comprehensive account of the fastest and most beautiful sailing ships ever built. It explores the quest for speed on the seas from the early 1800s through the fast-paced times of the 1850s spurred on by the California Gold Rush of 1849. Not only are the career details of such noted ships as the Flying Cloud and Challenge discussed in detail, but they are also put in context with the times in which they operated. Their builders in East Coast states from Maine to Florida are discussed in detail, as are the men, and a woman in one instance, who commanded and manned these ships. The book documents the roles that owners and shipping agents played, what kinds of cargo the ships carried worldwide and the unusual trades in which they participated.

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User Review  - elenchus - LibraryThing

Glenn Knoblock's The American Clipper Ship, 1845-1920 brings together a monograph on the history of the clipper ship with reference material heavily freighted with facts on specific ships and builders ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jim_Sipe - LibraryThing

What a fabulous book. The author has produced one of the most comprehensive books on the American Clipper Ships I have read in a long time. I found the way he organized the material greatly enhanced ... Read full review


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Author and lecturer Glenn A. Knoblock is the author of many works of history. The top military contributor to the Harvard/Oxford University Press eight volume African-American National Biography (2008), he also writes on local history. He lives in Wolfeboro Falls, New Hampshire.

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