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American Merchant Ships and Sailors   By: (1863-1934)

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In "American Merchant Ships and Sailors" by Willis J. Abbot, readers are taken on an insightful journey into the world of American maritime history. Abbot's comprehensive exploration of this significant era sheds light on the often overlooked contributions made by American merchant ships and sailors in shaping the nation's economy and global influence.

One of the book's greatest strengths is Abbot's meticulous research and attention to detail. Through his rich descriptions and captivating storytelling, he brings to life the challenges faced by American merchants and sailors as they navigated treacherous waters and encountered various perils. From piracy to rough weather, the risks endured by these seafarers are vividly portrayed, allowing readers to gain a deeper appreciation for their bravery and resilience.

Moreover, Abbot offers an intriguing perspective on the economic impact of American merchant ships. He highlights their crucial role in the development of trade networks and the growth of the young nation's economy. By providing a thorough overview of significant events such as the embargo acts, the War of 1812, and the Civil War, Abbot paints a comprehensive picture of the complex relationship between American merchants and the government.

Additionally, the book delves into the lives of sailors and the hardships they faced. Abbot masterfully intertwines personal anecdotes and historical accounts, giving readers a glimpse into the everyday struggles of these rugged individuals. From their grueling work routines to the dangers of life at sea, Abbot presents a balanced portrayal of the lives of American sailors, highlighting both their sacrifices and the camaraderie that developed amidst their shared experiences.

One minor drawback of the book is the occasional lapse into technical jargon. While it adds to the authenticity and credibility of the narrative, some readers may find these sections a bit challenging to follow, particularly if they do not have a strong background in nautical terminology. However, this should not detract from the overall value of the book, as Abbot ensures that the main narrative remains accessible and engaging throughout.

In conclusion, "American Merchant Ships and Sailors" is an engrossing exploration of an often overlooked chapter in American history. Willis J. Abbot's meticulous research, combined with his captivating storytelling, provides a compelling and comprehensive account of the vital role played by American merchant ships and sailors. Whether you are a history enthusiast or simply curious about this fascinating period, Abbot's book is sure to leave you with a newfound appreciation for the indomitable spirit of these seafaring individuals.

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Author of Naval History of the United States , Bluejackets of 1898 , etc.

Illustrated by RAY BROWN

New York Dodd, Mead & Company The Caxton Press New York





Naval History of the United States

Blue Jackets of 1898

Battlefields of '61

Battlefields and Campfires

Battlefields and Victory


In an earlier series of books the present writer told the story of the high achievements of the men of the United States Navy, from the day of Paul Jones to that of Dewey, Schley, and Sampson. It is a record Americans may well regard with pride, for in wars of defense or offense, in wars just or unjust, the American blue jacket has discharged the duty allotted to him cheerfully, gallantly, and efficiently.

But there are triumphs to be won by sea and by land greater than those of war, dangers to be braved, more menacing than the odds of battle. It was a glorious deed to win the battle of Santiago, but Fulton and Ericsson influenced the progress of the world more than all the heroes of history. The daily life of those who go down to the sea in ships is one of constant battle, and the whaler caught in the ice pack is in more direful case than the blockaded cruiser; while the captain of the ocean liner, guiding through a dense fog his colossal craft freighted with two thousand human lives, has on his mind a weightier load of responsibility than the admiral of the fleet... Continue reading book >>

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