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Merchant sail

Author: William Armstrong Fairburn; Ethel M Ritchie
Publisher: Center Lovell, Maine : Fairburn Marine Educational Foundation, [1945-55]
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Genre/Form: History
Naval history
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fairburn, William Armstrong, 1876-1947.
Merchant sail.
Center Lovell, Me., Fairburn Marine Educational Foundation [1945-55]
Online version:
Fairburn, William Armstrong, 1876-1947.
Merchant sail.
Center Lovell, Me., Fairburn Marine Educational Foundation [1945-55]
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Armstrong Fairburn; Ethel M Ritchie
OCLC Number: 1452649
Notes: Vols. 4-6 arr. and edited by Ethel M. Ritchie.
Description: 6 volumes (xix, 4179 pages) : chart, tables ; 29 cm
Contents: V. 1. Early days of exploration and the influence of shipbuilding in development of the American colonies; the merchant marine during the Revolution; the challenging period between the wars with Britain; raids of the Barbary states on the commerce of the young republic and the establishment of the U.S. Navy --
V. 2. War of 1812; pre-eminence of U.S. commerce before the Civil War; fisheries and whaling; U.S. world leadership in scientific navigation; the sailing packet era; steam navigation; the clipper ship era and the rise and decline of the U.S. merchant marine --
V. 3. United States merchant sail--types, models, and rigs; clippers and square-riggers of the post-clipper period; speed of sailing vessels; the clipper ship era and the California trade --
V. 4. Unites States merchant sail in the China, Australia, Manila, and India trades; development of the schooner rig and its use in coastwise service; last days of deep-sea sail --
V. 5. United States wood shipbuilders and shipbuilding centers druing the days of the young republic and throughout the nineteenth century, with the production of sailing vessels, including packets, clippers, and down easters --
V. 6. Appendixes I and II: Owners of clipper ships and a record of the clippers that they owned; Appendix III: Ship-designing, building and operating experience of the author during the transition period in the American marine, both mercantile and naval, from wood to steel and from sail to steam; bibliography; index of vessels / compiled by B.K. Reed and E.F. Hunt; general index.
Responsibility: by William Armstrong Fairburn.
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