Newton Abbot, 2nd.imp., 1972. Xi + 427 pp., 8 plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. First published in 1962, this celebrated scholarly history of the English Shipping Industry examines its rapid rise to prominence during the 17th and 18th centuries. The first part estimates the extent of, and the reasons for, the growth in shipping. The internal organization is then looked at together with the problems involved in managing ships, the development of rigs and construction techniques, and the lives of merchant seamen. The author goes on to examine the various trades, the effects of Government intervention in shipping affairs in both peace and war, and finally looks at the gains ship-owners could expect. This important study is based on contemporary documents supported by narratives from shipowners and seamen. This new impression draws on up-to-date research. FINE copy.