The World’s Great Sailing Ships by Ollivier Puget

The World’s Great Sailing Ships by Ollivier Puget lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Sport Sailing section.

New York: Barnes & Noble, 1998, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Colour photographs;

From the cover: The Worlds Great Sailing Ships presents the cream of todays sailing fleet in brilliant photographs. The worlds armada of tall ships, some of them more than 100 years old, is enriched each year through the restoration and reconstruction of classic vessels. On display here are sixty-two of them Cape Horners, coastal craft, fishing boats, training ships, and racing yachts carefully selected for their beauty of design as well as their historical interest.

Many of the vibrant colour photographs were taken aboard the vessels themselves, and highlight details of their complex riggings and lavish interior fittings. Others show the ships in all their sailing glory, as they ply the oceans of the world. Complementing this rich array of images are succinct, informative essays about each ship. The author also relates the history of sailing from the time of Henry the Navigator and the Age of Discovery through the centuries of European naval and commercial expansion and rivalry.

Above all, The Worlds Great Sailing Ships is a celebration of the contemporary vitality of the world of sailing and great sailing ships, and a tribute to all who participate in the grand adventure of preserving and extending humanitys maritime heritage. It is an invitation to voyage on these marvellous wind-powered machines through time and across seemingly infinite expanses of blue sea, to meet the crews and share their lives, and to join in the international races and tall-ship reunions that have become ever more frequent since the 1980s.

Very Good+ in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Index. Bibliography. 11¾” x 9¾”.

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