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The Old Merchant Marine; A chronicle of American ships and sailors   By: (1871-1925)

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The Old Merchant Marine by Ralph Delahaye Paine is an insightful and compelling chronicle of American ships and sailors that delves into the captivating world of the 19th-century merchant marine. Paine's extensive research and meticulous attention to detail shine through in this engaging narrative that takes readers on an unforgettable voyage through the tumultuous seas of America's maritime history.

Aiming to shed light on an often-overlooked aspect of American history, Paine skillfully paints an immersive portrait of the men and ships that shaped the merchant marine industry. With a keen focus on the evolution of American maritime trade, Paine vividly captures the challenges and triumphs faced by sailors, as well as the pivotal role they played in the development of the United States as a maritime superpower.

One of the book's most commendable aspects is Paine's ability to transport readers directly onto the decks of sailing vessels, making them witnesses to the thrilling adventures and perilous encounters experienced by the sailors. By seamlessly weaving together historical accounts, personal anecdotes, and vivid descriptions, Paine brings to life the stories of a bygone era, allowing readers to empathize with the hardships endured by these brave seafarers.

Paine's writing style is eloquent and evocative, effortlessly conveying the beauty and awe of the open seas, as well as the dangers lurking beneath. Moreover, his meticulous attention to nautical terminology and shipbuilding techniques adds a layer of authenticity to the narrative, making it a compelling read for both history enthusiasts and maritime aficionados.

However, it is worth noting that the book can be quite dense at times, particularly when delving into more technical aspects such as ship construction or navigating treacherous waters. While this level of detail may be appreciated by some readers, it might prove challenging for those with limited knowledge or interest in maritime history.

The Old Merchant Marine succeeds in shedding light on an often-overlooked chapter of American history, offering a comprehensive and engrossing account of the men and ships that shaped the maritime industry. Paine's meticulous research, engaging storytelling, and ability to immerse readers in the world of the merchant marine make this book an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to explore America's seafaring roots.

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THE OLD MERCHANT MARINE,

A CHRONICLE OF AMERICAN SHIPS AND SAILORS

By Ralph D. Paine

CONTENTS

I. COLONIAL ADVENTURERS IN LITTLE SHIPS II. THE PRIVATEERS OF '76 III. OUT CUTLASES AND BOARD! IV. THE FAMOUS DAYS OF SALEM PORT V. YANKEE VIKINGS AND NEW TRADE ROUTES VI. "FREE TRADE AND SAILORS' RIGHTS!" VII. THE BRILLIANT ERA OF 1812 VIII. THE PACKET SHIPS OF THE "ROARING FORTIES" IX. THE STATELY CLIPPER AND HER GLORY X. BOUND COASTWISE

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

THE OLD MERCHANT MARINE

CHAPTER I. COLONIAL ADVENTURERS IN LITTLE SHIPS

The story of American ships and sailors is an epic of blue water which seems singularly remote, almost unreal, to the later generations. A people with a native genius for seafaring won and held a brilliant supremacy through two centuries and then forsook this heritage of theirs. The period of achievement was no more extraordinary than was its swift declension. A maritime race whose topsails flecked every ocean, whose captains courageous from father to son had fought with pike and cannonade to defend the freedom of the seas, turned inland to seek a different destiny and took no more thought for the tall ships and rich cargoes which had earned so much renown for its flag... Continue reading book >>




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