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The Great Ships
Here is a collective "biography" of the greatest ships the world has ever known. Since the time people first ventured into the oceans in their primitive boats and rafts, the sea has been a source of adventure, travel, exploration, and glory. Countless vessels have traveled the seas-ships of all shapes and sizes-carrying hopes and dreams, conquerors and pilgrims, traders an ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Walker Childrens
(first published September 1st 2001)
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This book features seventeen of the world’s most prestigious ships and their Captains. The history of the selected vessels is presented in chronological order beginning with the Viking Gokstad ship from 1880 to the Enterprise aircraft carrier launched in 1960. Each ship is featured on a two page spread. One page contains the written history of the ship and Captain, while the other page is an elaborate painting of the vessel. I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed reading this book.
I have always been fascinated by the appearance of old sailing ships. Sailing on these ships sounds so exotic; the reality, I'm sure, was much less so. Still, reading about the great sailing vessels and other famous seagoing ships is fun. The inside cover and facing page has a to scale rendering of all the ships in the book; some are so tiny; some are so huge! The book also has information about where some of these ships are now. The watercolor and gouache illustrations are great.