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Merchant Ships of the World

Merchant ships were key in Britain's colonization of the New World, and for centuries since, they have transported everything from people to automobiles to coffee across the world's oceans. Some of the more famous merchant ships have included the HMS Bounty, the Cutty Sark, and the Titanic, but there are countless others still in use today around the world. Here's just a small selection of titles on merchant ships and their history.

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Liners, Tankers & Merchant Ships
Robert Jackson
Liners, Tankers & Merchant Ships looks in detail at 300 of the most widely used types of non-military ships from earliest times to the present day. It provides a unique and readily accessible reference guide to the huge diversity of merchant shipping, including passenger ships, oilers, tankers, cargo vessels, fishing craft, ferries, barges, rescue boats, research vessels, and the ships that have explored the globe.

All Editions: £3.39 - £14.54


Nautical Dictionary
Arthur Young
Presented by Richard Neylon, Ultimo, Australia
Second edition; first published in 1846 and by 1863 long out of print. The author points out that the last English nautical dictionary was Burneys edition of Falconer in which steam ships were a novel curiosity. His first edition was largely applicable to merchant shipping, here it is "more extensively applicable to ships of war", much more including obsolete terms have been defined and a supplement of French terms added.

This Edition: £299.74


The Golden Age of Shipping: The Classic Merchant Ship 1900-1960
Robert Gardiner

By the beginning of the twentieth century, steamers had ousted sailing ships from many of the world's trade routes. The triple expansion engine had provided a mode of propulsion that was economical even in tramping and coastal operations where cost of transportation was usually more important than speed or predictability of delivery...

All Editions: £5.65 - £48.46


The Empire Ships: A Record of British-Built and Acquired Merchant Ships during the Second World War
W. H. Mitchell, L.A Sawyer
Empire Ships of World War II is the story of British merchant shipping during the 1939-45 war years, providing a complete record of ships built in the United Kingdom or acquired for the British flag during this period - the Empire Ships - with their details and subsequent histories.

All Editions: £15.00 - £104.15


Merchant Ships of the World in Color 1910-1929
Laurence Dunn

All Editions: £2.83 - £22.61


The World's Merchant Fleets, 1939: The Particulars and Wartime Fates of 6,000 Ships
Roger W. Jordan

All Editions: £23.94 - £85.00

The Mutiny on Board the H.M.S. Bounty
William Bligh
William Bligh's account of the fatal voyage of the Bounty, and his subsequent 3,600-mile trip to Timor in an open boat. Bligh was not the tyrant of legend—in fact, he may have been one of the most lenient commanders of a Pacific exploration ship of that period.

All Editions: £1.00 - £55.33


Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea
Richard Henry Dana
Presented by Parmer Books, California, USA
Dana had to withdraw from Harvard when measles weakened his eyesight; in order to regain his health, he shipped to California as a sailor in 1834. His book has become a classic account of the life and adventures of an ordinary seaman in the American merchant service. He later became U.S. attorney for the district of Massachusetts and was nominated to the Court of Saint James. This copy represents the first state of the first edition, which is one the most sought-after books in American Literature and very rare.

This Edition: £3632.31


Nathaniel's Nutmeg
Giles Milton

The tiny island of Run is an insignificant speck in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago--remote, tranquil, and now largely ignored. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, however, Run's harvest of nutmeg turned it into the most lucrative of the Spice Islands, precipitating a fierce and bloody battle between the all-powerful Dutch East India Company and a small band of ragtag British adventurers led by the intrepid Nathaniel Courthope.

All Editions: £1.00 - £85.88


Flying Cloud: The True Story of America's Most Famous Clipper Ship and the Woman Who Guided Her
David W. Shaw
In 1851, navigator Eleanor Creesy set sail on the maiden voyage of the clipper ship Flying Cloud, traveling from New York to San Francisco in only 89 days. The swift passage set a world record that went unbroken for more than a century.

All Editions: £3.11 - £11.87


TitanicUnsinkable: The Full Story of the RMS Titanic
Daniel Allen Butler

No other ship in history has attracted so much attention, stirred up such powerful emotion, or accumulated as many legends and myths as Titanic. "Unsinkable" is a fresh look at this incredible story, one that centers on the people who built the ship, crewed her, and sailed on her.

All Editions: £1.00 - £32.00


The Cutty Sark
Alan Villiers

All Editions: £1.50 - £21.22