Men Ships and the Sea Author:Villiers, Alan John Capt. Alan Villiers takes you to sea in the pages of this rich and stirring book. From the raft that freed primitive man from the fetters of the land down to the nuclear ship that opens new horizons to questing mankind, you follow the development of ships and the cultures they nourished. Join a Viking chief roaring a war song as his dragon shi... more »p sweeps landward; Marco Polo sailing on a Chinese junk; Nantucket men scouring the seas for whale; clipper men laying aloft to fist icy canvas in a Cape Horn storm.
From quarterdeck and forecastle you witness turning points of history. Athenian galleys stem the Persian tide at Salamis. Columbus drives westward: "Day after day the little ships stumbled on, rolling, creaking, slowly pitching, cordage chafing, canvas thinning...." Towering galleons of the Spanish Armada roll steadily up the English Channel to the sound of "trumpets, drums, chanted prayers, and the incongruous neighing of cavalry mounts." With Nelson at Trafalgar you pace Victory's deck while broadsides roar.
You stand beside the Hudson River as Fulton's Clermont thrashes past, breathing fire and smoke. You steam into Manila Bay with Dewey, roar off an aircraft carrier with neck-snapping speed, surface at the North Pole aboard an atomic submarine. A wall of desert heat hits you as your tanker turns into the Gulf of Oman. You hear a great whisper of power as magnificent J boats rush past in a race for the America's Cup. Captain Villiers, who has sailed the seas in Arab dhows, in square-riggers, in World War II landing craft, and in the Nuclear Ship Savannah, has packed these 436 pages with narratives as fresh as an easterly, pulsing with adventure.
Learn how the Pharaohs built their ships; how the steering oar evolved into the ruddewr; how mariners navigate and seamen live under sail and steam. Trace naval gun development; delight in Henry Hudson's account of sighting a mermaid; marvel at Flying Cloud's record passages; learn why a "ghost" stalked the Great Eastern.
Examine profiles of U.S. Navy ships and the world's merchant marine; glimpse ships of the future, and the undersea world revealed by oceanographers. Yachtsman Carleton Mitchell shows how to choose, sail, and care for your boat -- how to be a skipper as well as armchair voyager.
Three years in the making, this extraordinary book holds more than 400 photographs and paintings, 260 in all the majestic color of the sea; 27 maps; many drawings, diagrams.« less