WOODEN SHIPS AND IRON MEN. THE STORY OF THE SQUARE-RIGGED MERCHANT MARINE OF BRITISH NORTH AMERICA, THE SHIPS, THEIR BUILDERS AND OWNERS, AND THE MEN WHO SAILED THEM.

Wallace, Frederick William.


£65.00




2nd. Imp., October 1924 (first published January 1924). Xviii + 340 pp., frontis + 35 photo & other plates. Blue cloth ; blind decorative cover ; gold lettering to spine. 22 x 15cm. V.G. This book is a classic amongst the literature of commercial deep-water sail and provides a detailed history of British North American shipping from its earliest days – the famous ‘Bluenose’ ships, the boom days of the 1850s, the expansion during the 1860s, and on through the 19th century to the passing of the last of the great Bluenose sailers and the tough seamen who manned them. During this period Canada built, owned and operated a vast fleet of square-riggers and fore-&-aft rig vessels, these vessels gaining a reputation for being immaculate, tough, and handled to a high standard of seamanship.


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