The History of the Ship: The Comprehensive Story of Seafaring from the Earliest Times to the Present Day

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Conway Maritime Press, May 26, 2005 - Seafaring life - 376 pages
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Richard Woodman's highly successful "The History of the Ship" is re-worked and updated for the first time in an accessible paperback format. Man has used the boat and ship in his struggle to dominate the world around him, accomplishing spectacular feats of courage and exploration, exploitation, trade, communication and destruction.

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Coracle, curragh, and carrack, tramp and dreadnought, opium clipper and Scotch boilerships all, and all lovingly detailed in this shrewd encyclopedic history of seafaring (complete with a dash of ... Read full review

The History of the Ship: The Comprehensive Story of Seafaring from the Earliest Times to the Present Day

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Woodman, a mariner, novelist, former navigating officer and commander in the Blue Funnel and Glen Lines, and historian (Arctic Convoys 1941-1945, Trafalgar, 1996), has compiled a history of ships that ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Richard Woodman was born in London. England in 1944. He became an indentured midshipman in cargo liners at the age of 16, which resulted in a 37 year nautical career. He became captain in 1980. He spent 11 years in command at sea, 6 years in operational management ashore, and is currently a Board Member of Trinity House, the authority responsible for navigational safety round the coast. He is a regular correspondent for the shipping newspaper Lloyd's List. He has written over 50 books, a mixture of fiction and maritime history. His fiction works include the Nathaniel Drinkwater series, A Kit Faulkner Naval Adventure series, and The William Kite Trilogy. He received several awards including the Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award in 2001 for his journalism, the Society of Nautical Research's Anderson Medal in 2005 for three major studies of convoy operations in the Second World War, and the Marine Society's Thomas Gray Medal in 2010 for his five-volume history of the British Merchant Navy.

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