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An important feature of the book is its illustrated
glossary-appendix, which covers items of hull construction and
equipment, rigging and gear, colour and carving, and includes notes by
the builders and riggers themselves.

The evolution of the
American fishing schooner from the 18th century to the last working and
racing schooners of the mid-1930s is recounted in this book. The
designers, builders and crews are discussed, and 137 plans of schooners
show graphically the development of the type.

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Feb 18, 2013

If you want to know something about how schooners were built in the age of sail, this is the book. It is a bit of a slog to read straight through (which I did), but that is unnecessary because it is a reference book, and a fine one at that. The slog is because he gives a page or more of description and history to each American fishing schooner built, for which he has information. When I finally got past the last entry, lo and behold there was an alphabetical encyclopedic collection of sketches If you want to know something about how schooners were built in the age of sail, this is the book. It is a bit of a slog to read straight through (which I did), but that is unnecessary because it is a reference book, and a fine one at that. The slog is because he gives a page or more of description and history to each American fishing schooner built, for which he has information. When I finally got past the last entry, lo and behold there was an alphabetical encyclopedic collection of sketches and descriptions of the myriad parts of a schooner, such as "gammon", and "crosstrees", etc. It's the jargon that keeps many subjects inaccessible to a broad audience, and nautical subjects are among the worst. This book can help clear up the confusion for someone who wants to dive in to sailing ship studies. ...more

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