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Seamanship in the Age of Sail: An Account of Shiphandling of the Sailing Man-O-War, 1600-1860

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Numerous successful reprints of contemporary works on rigging and seamanship indicate the breadth of interest in the lost art of handling square-rigged ships. Model makers, marine painters, and enthusiasts need to know not only how the ships were rigged but how much sail was set in each condition of wind and sea, how the various maneuvers were carried out, and the ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 15th 2016 by US Naval Institute Press (first published June 1st 1984)
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Julian Stockwin
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the several books I particularly recommend when asked which books people should read to learn more about the Age of Fighting Sail. A definitive guide as to how the ships of the Georgian Navy were actually sailed.
Susan Paxton
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Not the sort of thing that most people will find interesting, this thorough volume goes into the actual handling of warships in the age of fighting sail. Many will find it dry, but if you want to see how a ship was worked up a river, for example, you'll be fascinated at the skill with which these ships could be handled. Definitely helpful to the Forester or O'Brien fan who wants to know more.
Tom
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great resource for ship maneuvers; definitely the thing you want to have around if you can't remember if "let go and haul" comes before or after "rise tacks and sheets." Also great for linguistic trivia. Fantastic illustrations, as well!
Ian Bates
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unsurpassed authority on seamanship in the Age Of Sail. This is an indispensable tool for any serious researcher of the period before steam took over the seas. We can wade through Falconer's definitions and drift from source to source, but here it is all collated from a vast array of sources and illustrated at every bend. This is not a book for casual reading but for in-depth knowledge about the subject you won't beat it.
Mine is the 2009 revised edition hardback.
Anna
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic resource this is. I've been doing research on ships during this period for about two years now, and have never seen another book that gives such detail about the really fine points of seamanship. You can literally see where a crewman in a specific section of the watch would be standing and what he'd be doing at a given command. You can see what the fittings of the maintop would look like, based on a specific time period and size of ship. The book is hard to find and not cheap ...more
Sherwood Smith
There are many nifty books out these days for tall ship fans, after the popularity of Patrick O'Brian's books, but for the reader who really wants to understand what's going on in any Napoleonic sea-faring history or story, this and Longridge are must haves.

Harland breaks down everything, from the design of the tall ship to the rigging, to how they are sailed. He goes into exhaustive detail (exhaustive meaning the terms in French and Dutch are frequently added, giving mini-histories of the
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Samantha
Jan 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: seafaring, nonfiction
Without a doubt the most comprehensive, easily understood reference on tall-ship handling I've ever encountered. It's a huge book, and not exactly inexpensive, so I was hesitant to buy it, at first. Still, it deserves all the praise and respect it gets in Age of Sail circles. This book is indispensable to anyone seeking to understand the mechanics of sailing Age of Sail tall ships.
Tracy
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There comes a time, when you're reading Patrick O'Brian books, or Horatio Hornblower stories, or any other thing involving the Age of Sail, that you want to know what everyone is talking about all the time. This book will tell you. Everything. And it is beautiful.
R.Bruce Macdonald
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The author has done a great job of bringing together traditional texts and their illustrations on traditional ship handling and has even modernized the language so that even a lubber can get a grasp of how ships are sailed properly.
Alex
Mar 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: writers of AoS stories
Indispensable for anyone writing sea stories. Full of interesting facts about tall ships, tall ship handling and principles of sailing. I could not do without it.
Jon
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Invaluable!
Mark White
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
not the sort of book you read straight through....fascinating as a
...one to pick through slowly
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