History of Ships and Shipping.
Please note: The books are listed for interest only, and not offered for sale.
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|Quite obviously, this is a huge category, with thousands of books published on ships and shipping. I have include a listing here more for my own purposes, being books that I have found interesting and/or valuable in research for shipwreck and maritime archaeology reasons.|
OF LLOYD'S REGISTER
Centenary Edition, 1934.
Lloyd's register of Shipping.
Hardcover, no dustjacket, 251 pages plus lists of committees, index. The red cloth cover is gold embossed with the title of the book and a design motif with the name and address of the company. The endpapers are marbled; the pages gold edged. Just the one images, a sepia photograph of the Head Office of Lloyd's in London.
A wonderful essay on the company, and on shipping with specific reference to rules and regulations, machinery surveys, load line and the like - a great read. Divided into four ‘books' - The Origin of Lloyd's Register; The Days of Wood and Iron Ships; Introduction of Steel Ships; Post-war Activities.
The book is well presented, as would be expected of a good corporate book, with heavy boards, quality paper, and fine design. [ps]
IRONCLADS AND DREADNOUGHTS
Collins' Clear-Type Press, London and Glasgow. No date, but mentions the Great War 1914-18, so I wouls suggest 1920s. Hardcover, embossed and titled boards, 43 pages, one coloured print and five mono plates: the vessels Agamemnon, Royal Sovereign, and Dreadnought. Just the two chapters: A New Navy; Our Twentieth Century Fleet - ‘our' being the British of course. Has an interesting discourse on armaments. [ps]
OF THE WIND SHIPS
Alan J. Villiers
First American Edition: William Morrow, New York, 1934.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 59 pages of text, plus 208 pages of black and white plates along with a double page map and profile of sailing ship at front. Printed from the same plates as the United Kingdom edition. I have a feeling that this book has only recently been reprinted in large 'cofee-table' format.
The last voyage of the Parma was in 1933.
From the fly blurb: "Here, in a story of modern adventure, is the swan song of Sail. It is a magnificent record of the proud windships of yesterday - caught in this pictorial account of the two last voyages of the four-masted barque, Parma. In over two hundred remarkable photographs, with captions and a full introductory text, we are made witness to the closing of a chapter in maritime history. Alive with action and achievement as well as romance from the past, these pictures, taken under all sorts of conditions and from every possible angle and position, express the beauty and motion, the hazard and force of a thrilling era in man's endeavor.
The author has made many voyages in these sailing ships and knows their ways and their crews as well as any man living. As a photographer of ships and their rigging, of the sea in calm and storm, of all the events of long days under sail, Mr. Villiers is without a rival. It is unlikely that any man will again have the experiences ,which he has had, and so this record of the glamorous grain trade from Australia to England around Cape Horn will remain final and forever. [ps]
REGISTER OF BRITISH AND FOREIGN SHIPPING - 1842.
(Specifically) From 1st July 1842 to 30th June 1843.
Printed for Lloyds by J.L.Cox & Sons, London.
Hardcover, beautifully gold embossed on black on thick cover boards, with the Lloyds emblem.
These books were produced for subscribers (about 850 of them) all listed in the book; my copy number 413 issued to James Ewing & Co, of Glasgow, the number and subscribers name and location also gold embossed on the cover. The spine is ribbed, with the only text being the ‘1842' date. Marble endpapers, the pages are not numbers, but amount to about 600. The ‘supplement' at the back is simpy a set of ruled columns to manually write new ship losses. This is of course a listing of shipping registrations and deregistrations through loss. Each ship is documented with its name, its master, tons, when and where built, owners, ‘port belonging to', number of years in service, classification (the coveted AE1 being the highest). I just love holding this book, for its solid physical attribute as well as its wonderful hisroy. Its not a book to read from cover to cover of course; more to delve into for research. The thirty-nine pages of Rules and Regulations are of great interest as they govern, in greater part, the construction of vessels. [ps]
WONDERS OF THE WORLD
Subtitle: Romance of the Seven Seas in Story and Picture
Edited by Clarence Winchester
Published by: The Amalgamated Press Limited in 1936/1937.
ATLANTIC BLUE RIBAND: EVOLUTION OF THE EXPRESS LINER.
Williams Sessions Ltd, York, England, 1993. ISBN Number: 1850721335 / 9781850721338
Soft Cover, landscape format, with illustrated glossy card covers; mono photos, 212pp.
CLIPPER SHIP ERA
An Epitome of Famous American and British Clipper Ships, Their Owners, Builders, Commanders, and Crews, 1843-1869.
Arthur H. Clark.
G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York and London. The Knickerbocker Press. First published November 1910. This copy reprint March 1911.
Hardcover, embossed title and author on green cloth boards, 404 pages, index, 39 mono photographs or paintings. Dedication: To the Moemopry of a Friend of my Boyhood Donald McKay Builder of Ships. This is a well-respected volume on the development of shipping and the construction of the great sailing ships, and the men who sailed them. Chapters include American Shipping to the Close of the War of 1812; British Shipping After 1815, the East India Company; the North Atlantic Packet Ships 1815-1850; Opium Clippers and Early Clipper Ships 1838-1848; the Repeal of the British Navigation Laws and the vessel oriental; the Rush for California; Clipper Ship Crews; California Clippers. Australian Voyages and Australian Clipper 1851-1856 (the gold rush years); Last Years of the American Clipper, the Latter British Tea Clippers, the Fate of the Old Clipper Ships. [ps]
ROMANCE OF THE SHIP
Subtitle: The story of her origin and evolution
E Keble Chatterton
Published by Seeley, Service & Co Ltd, Great Russell Street, London in 1921.
Illustrated hard cover no dust jacket with 291 printed pages. Dimensions 20 cms by 14 cms. Contains 21 plates and 12 line drawings
Published in “The Romance of” series in 1921, this book covers (as best it can in one 291 page volume) the evolution of the ship from the first boats on the River Nile to the modern steamships of 1920’s. As with the rest of the books in this series, the cover is illustrated with a splendid coloured drawing of a galleon and the spine has a Viking ship with a native dugout canoe below. The book has 18 chapters starting in early times and ending with such subjects as “Perfecting the Steam Man-Of-War”, “the Fishing Fleets”, “Lifeboats and Lightships” and “The Modern Liner”. The book is extremely well illustrated with monochrome plates and line drawings.
Sadly, there is no diving content but it does continue the maritime theme of “The Romance” books, namely “The Romance of Submarine Engineering”, “The Romance of the Works Fisheries” and “The Romance of Modern Mechanism” which do have various diving content. [pt]
SHAPE OF SHIPS
Being the Story of the Development of Ships from the Earliest Times to the Present Day.
Hutchinson & Co., London 1950.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 232 pages, glossary, no index, illustrations (by author), some colour plates.
This is a pretty useful book and easy to read. From the fly: "Here is an extensive, authoritative, yet lightly written history of ships from the earliest-known form, the floating tree trunk, to the mighty andmagnificent Queens of the Atlantic. It covers the whole world of ships from the largest to the smallest, from pre-historic coracles, Greek and Roman galleys and Elizabethan galleons to clippers, battleships arid submarines.Mr. McDowell has spent most of his life studying this subject. He left school before he was fifteen and served his time in Vickers' Barrow shipyard. There he learned naval architecture and shipbuilding the hard way. After twenty-five years in different departments he left to devote himself to painting pictures of ships and working and lecturing on ships and other aspects of the marine." [ps]
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