Nautical History

To most of us (the uninitiated), the sailing ships of the past are a thing of myth and romance. We see paintings of graceful ships' hulls cutting through majestic waves, rigging taut and sails billowing. We imagine the freedom of the sea and it stirs something deep within us. There's a yearning to test our mettle, feel our smallness under the open sky and on the open sea, experience the power of the waves as they crash on the deck during a gale.

A lot of nautical fiction tends to focus on the narrow European "age of sail," especially the age of discovery and the epic sea battles of the Napoleanic wars. But, of course, Maritime history is much broader than that. It's an overarching subject that includes lots of topics, like fishing, whaling, international maritime law, naval history, the history of ships, ship design, shipbuilding, the history of navigation, the history of the various maritime-related sciences (oceanography, cartography, hydrography, etc.), sea exploration, maritime economics and trade, shipping, yachting, seaside resorts, the history of lighthouses and aids to navigation, maritime themes in literature, maritime themes in art, the social history of sailors and passengers and sea-related communities.

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All About Sailing the Seven Seas
All About Books
by Ruth Brindze
from Random House
for 4th-7th grade
in Ships, Boats & Submarines (Location: HISV-NAUT)
American Ship Models
by V. R. Grimwood
from Bonanza Books
for 9th-Adult
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Amistad: A Long Road to Freedom
by Walter Dean Myers
from Puffin Books
for 5th-8th grade
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Barbary Pirates
Landmark #31
by C. S. Forester
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
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Battleships and Battlecruisers
by Richard Humble
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Birkenhead Drill
by Doug Phillips
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Brendan Voyage
Modern Library Exploration
by Tim Severin
from Modern Library
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
Captain Cook Explores the South Seas
World Landmark #19
by Armstrong Sperry
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in World Landmark Books (Location: VIN-LAN)
Christopher Columbus
by Charlotte & David Yue
from Houghton Mifflin
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$3.40 (1 in stock)
Clipper Ship Days
Landmark #22
by John Jennings
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in Vintage & Collectible (Location: VIN-COL)
Commodore Perry in Japan
by Robert Reynolds
from American Heritage Publishing Co.
for 4th-8th grade
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Disaster Log of Ships
by Jim Gibbs
from Bonanza Publishing
for 8th-Adult
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$4.00 (1 in stock)
DK Eyewitness: Boat
DK Eyewitness Series
by Eric, Kentley
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Science Reference for 4th-8th grade
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Ferdinand Magellan
World Landmark #31
by Seymour Gates Pond
from Random House
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Francisco Coronado
by Malcolm C. Jensen
from Franklin Watts
for 3rd-6th grade
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Hero of the High Seas
by Michael Cooper
from National Geographic
for 3rd-6th grade
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$3.00 (1 in stock)
How the Merrimac Won
by R.W. Daly
from Thomas Crowell
for 10th-Adult
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$4.50 (1 in stock)
Illustrated Guide to Sailing Ships
by Christopher Chant
Library ed from Marshall Cavendish Education
for 4th-8th grade
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$7.50 (1 in stock)
Illustrated Wreck of the Whaleship Essex
by Owen Chase
200th Anniversary from SeaWolf Press
for 9th-Adult
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$5.91
Ironclads of the Civil War
by Frank R. Donovan
from American Heritage Publishing Co.
for 4th-8th grade
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John Paul Jones
by Samuel Eliot Morison
from Time-Life Books
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John Paul Jones
by Samuel Eliot Morison
from Little, Brown & Company
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$3.00 (2 in stock)
John Paul Jones, Fighting Sailor
Landmark #39
by Armstrong Sperry
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
in Vintage & Collectible (Location: VIN-COL)
Keystone Battlewagon - U.S.S. Pennsylvania (BB-38)
Warship Series #2
by Myron J. Smith
1st edition
for 7th-10th grade
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$2.00 (1 in stock)
Longitude
by Dava Sobel
1st edition from Walker and Company
for 10th-Adult
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
Making It Go: The Life and Work of Robert Fulton
by Don Herweck
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for 4th-6th grade
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$7.64
Men-of-War
by Patrick O'Brian
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$2.55 (1 in stock)
Men-of-War
Seafarers
by David Howarth
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for 6th-12th grade
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Midway: Battle for the Pacific
Landmark #119
by Edmund Castillo
from Random House
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Monitor & the Merrimac
Landmark #16
by Fletcher Pratt
from Random House
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Mutiny on the Bounty
by Patrick O'Brien
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Mysterious Voyage of Captain Kidd
Landmark #122
by A.B.C. Whipple
from Random House
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Nelson and the Age of Fighting Sail
by Oliver Warner
from Harper & Row
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Oars, Sails and Steam
by Edwin Tunis
from Johns Hopkins University Press
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$15.00 (1 in stock)
Old Ironsides
by David L. Weitzman
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Old Ironsides: The Fighting Constitution
Landmark #51
by Harry Hansen
from Random House
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On the Shores of the Great Sea
Story of the World Series #1
by M. B. Synge
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Picture Book of Christopher Columbus
by David A. Adler
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Sailors, Whalers, Fantastic Sea Voyages
by Valerie Petrillo
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Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude
by Louise Borden
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Seabees of World War II
Landmark #103
by Edmund Castillo
from Random House
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Seafaring America
by Alexander Laing
from McGraw-Hill
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She Captains
by Joan Druett
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Ships and Boats
by Chris Oxlade
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Spanish Armada
by Jay Williams
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Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections: Man-of-War
by Stephen Biesty
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$6.00 (1 in stock)
Story of Boats
by Gillian Hutchinson
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$3.50 (1 in stock)
Story of Submarines
Landmark #102
by George Weller
from Random House
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in Vintage & Collectible (Location: VIN-COL)
Story of the Clipper Ships
Cornerstones of Freedom
by R. Conrad Stein
from Children's Press
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