The Heyday of Sail

The Heyday of Sail

The Merchant Sailing Ship, 1650-1830

Book - 1995
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Blackwell North Amer
By the middle of the seventeenth century a recognisable division had arisen between ships built for war and those intended for trade. Although many merchant vessels, like East Indiamen, continued to make useful naval auxiliaries in times of conflict, this division was a highly significant step for ship design, and between this final divergence of warship and merchantman around about 1650 and the triumph of steam from 1830 onwards, there were no comparable revolutions in ship design. Nevertheless, the merchant sailing ship was subject to almost continuous improvement and diversification, in both hull form and rig, and the result was an ever expanding spectrum of local types and specialised variants.
Taking this variety as its central theme, The Heyday of Sail departs somewhat from the pattern of the series to concentrate on developments at regional and local levels, emphasising the influence of trading conditions on the history of each type. Despite the importance of the subject - the prime vehicle of European economic and colonial expansion - this is probably the first book to attempt a detailed survey of the merchant sailing vessel in its heyday.

Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, c1995
ISBN: 9781557503602
1557503605
Branch Call Number: 387.224 HEY
Characteristics: 175 p. :,ill. ;,30 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gardiner, Robert

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