Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany

Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany

A Ditty Bag of Wonders From the Golden Age of Sail

Book - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
Enchanting miscellany full of fascinating facts and intriguing stories from the golden age of seafaring.
Lt Cdr Julian Stockwin shares his love and knowledge of the sea in this entertaining collection of maritime stories and little-known trivia. Featuring nautical facts and feats, including superstitions at sea, the history of animals on the waves -- until 1975 when all animals were banned from Royal Navy ships -- and how the inventor of the umbrella helped man the British Navy, it is packed with informative tales. Focusing on the glory days of tall ships he explores marine myths and unearths the truth behind commonly held beliefs about the sea, such as whether Lord Nelson's body was really pickled in rum to transport it back to England after his death at Trafalgar. Interspersed throughout are salty sayings showing the modern words and phrases that originate from the mariners of old -- 'cut of his jib', 'high and dry', 'the coast is clear', 'first rate' and 'slush fund'. Accompanied by nostalgic black and white line drawings Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany is a charming giftbook guaranteed to appeal to the sailing enthusiast, but also amuse and inform even the staunchest landlubber.

Gardners
Featuring nautical facts and feats, including superstitions at sea, the history of animals on the waves - until 1975 when all animals were banned from Royal Navy ships - and how the inventor of the umbrella helped man the British Navy, this title explores marine myths and unearths the truth behind commonly held beliefs about the sea.

Independent Publishing Group
Charmingly illustrated with nostalgic black and white line drawings, both old salts and nautical novices will delight in this entertaining and eclectic miscellany
Featuring nautical facts and feats, including superstitions at sea, the history of animals on the waves?until 1975 when all animals were banned from Royal Navy ships?and how the inventor of the umbrella helped man the British Navy, this book is packed with informative sea lore. Focusing on the glory days of tall ships, Julian Stockwin explores marine myths and unearths the truth behind commonly held beliefs about the sea, such as whether Lord Nelson's body was really pickled in rum to transport it back to England after his death at Trafalgar. Interspersed throughout are salty sayings showing the modern words and phrases that originate from the mariners of old?"cut of his jib," "high and dry," "the coast is clear," "first rate," and "slush fund." Also included is Stockwin's Top 25 list of maritime museums and historic ships around the world for anyone who wishes to explore further. Ranging from the heroic voyages of discovery in the 15th century through the iconic Napoleon wars to the glorious era of clipper ships, this miscellany celebrates and explores a colorful world we will never see again.


Publisher: London : Ebury, c2009
ISBN: 9780091930660
0091930669
Branch Call Number: 623.88 STO
Characteristics: 216 p. :,ill., maps, ports. ;,23 cm.
Alternative Title: Maritime miscellany

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