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Picture History of the SS United States

by William H., Jr. Miller

159 rare photos depict stages in ship's construction and its christening, intimate views of modern lounges, staterooms, dining rooms, promenade and pool, theaters, ballroom, and play decks. Captions. 159 black-and-white...


Doomed Ships: Great Ocean Liner Disasters

by William H., Jr. Miller

Nearly 200 photographs, many from private collections, highlight tales of some of the vessels whose pleasure cruises ended in catastrophe: the Morro Castle, Normandie, Andrea Doria, Europa, and many others.


The History of Piracy

by Philip Gosse

Much imitated but never surpassed, this chronicle ranges from ancient to modern times to explore the rise of piracy. A dramatic narrative and colorful characters complement its impeccable scholarship. 21 black-and-white...


Early American Steam Locomotives

by Reed Kinert

Relive train travel's earliest days with this splendidly illustrated story of steam locomotion, from "teakettles" to "titans." Working from builders' specifications, old engravings, and contemporaneous accounts,...


The Cruise of the Snark

by Jack London

Captivating tale of true adventures recounts, with wry good humor, the hardships of a two-year voyage aboard a diminutive and leaky craft. Enhanced with 119 original photographs.


The Buccaneers of America

by Alexander O. Exquemelin

Fascinating chronicle of the bands of plundering sea rovers who roamed the Caribbean and coastlines of Central America in the 17th century. Includes exploits of the infamous Henry Morgan and his burning of Panama...


Pirates: True Tales of Notorious Buccaneers

by Henry Gilbert

Thrilling, historically accurate tales feature such well-known characters as Barbarossa and his Mediterranean corsairs and the notorious pirates of the Spanish Main: Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, and Captain Kidd....


The Rigging of Ships: in the Days of the Spritsail Topmast, 1600-1720

by R. C. Anderson

Describes and depicts in detail how 17th-century English, French, Dutch, and other European trading ships and warships were rigged. Over 350 fine line drawings, 25 halftones.


The QE2: A Picture History

by William H., Jr. Miller

Illustrated with more than 150 black-and-white and 27 color images, this chronicle by an expert maritime historian offers a rare and captivating blend of personal anecdotes, archival material, and impeccable...


Picture History of the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth

by William H., Jr. Miller

Authoritative, profusely illustrated volume describes the ships' debuts, amenities, rivalry, and contributions during WWII. Also covered: their grand royal successors: Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2. 189...


The Young Sea Officer's Sheet Anchor: Or a Key to the Leading of Rigging and to Practical Seamanship

by Darcy Lever

First published in 1808, this now-rare volume offers clear definitions and copious illustrations of the principles of rigging, tacking, use of a compass, splicing ropes, making sails, much more.


The Pirates Own Book: Authentic Narratives of the Most Celebrated Sea Robbers

by Marine Research Society

Rare volume recounts lives and cold-blooded exploits of Black Beard, Jean Lafitte, Robert Kidd, Anne Bonney, and other maritime marauders. 77 atmospheric wood engravings.


Picture History of the Andrea Doria

by William H., Jr. Miller

Scores of rare photographs recall one of the most luxuriously outfitted ships of the 20th century. 183 black-and-white photographs show views of lounges and staterooms, shots of the ship in port, more.


Architectura Navalis Mercatoria: The Classic of Eighteenth-Century Naval Architecture

by Fredrik Henrik af Chapman

First published in 1768, this remarkable collection of sophisticated line drawings documents merchant and naval ships from various countries. 70 illustrations chart vessel dimensions, crew size, storage capabilities,...


Early Motorcycles: Construction, Operation and Repair

by Victor W. Page

Comprehensive volume of practical information on everything from mufflers and automatic oil pumps to batteries and timing valves. Over 370 rare illustrations.


The Art of Rigging

by George Biddlecombe

The best manual ever produced on rigging the sailing ship — indispensable for serious model builders. Terms and phrases, onshore operations, rigging brigs, yachts, small vessels, much more. Introduction. 17...


Sinking of the Titanic: Eyewitness Accounts

by Jay Henry Mowbray

Spellbinding reports by survivors, rescuers, others of boarding the lifeboats, parting with loved ones, watching the ship sink, and drifting until rescue. Remarkable 1912 "memorial edition," published shortly...


On Board the Titanic: The Complete Story with Eyewitness Accounts

by Logan Marshall

Based on the survivors' own stories, this dramatic history stands as the most authoritative account, ranging from the Titanic's construction to the tragic aftermath of its sinking. 43 illustrations.


The Arts of the Sailor: Knotting, Splicing and Ropework

by Hervey Garrett Smith

The perfect shipboard reference, this volume is packed with useful "hands-on" information: sailor's tools, basic knots, and useful hitches; handsewing and canvas work; dozens of other topics. Over 100 illustrations....


The Story of the Titanic As Told by Its Survivors

by Jack Winocour

Panic, despair, shocking inefficiency, and a dash of heroism. Two lengthy narratives by passengers who had a thorough knowledge of the sea and by members of the ship's crew. 26 illustrations.