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The Maritime History of Massachusetts 1783-1860 (Sentry edition 6)

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From Preface: "Here is no catalogue of ships, reader, nor naval chronicle, but a story of maritime enterprise; of the shipping, seaborne commerce, whaling, and fishing belonging to one American commonwealth. I have chosen to catch the story at half flood, when Massachusetts vessels first sought Far-Eastern waters, and to stay with it only so long as wind and sail would ser ...more
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Published 1961 by Houghton Mifflin Company (first published 1921)
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Matt Pelikan
Five-star text by one of the 20th Century's preeminent naval historians, but the Kindle version is marred by many typos and the absence of illustrations from the print version. Written in language that will seem either elegant or somewhat archaic, depending on your taste, this book effectively summarizes a fascinating period in an equally fascinating geographical region. It's loaded with delightful anecdotes and details, and it does a great job outlining the various social, technological, and ec ...more
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I read a wonderfully hyperbolic excerpt from this book on the placard beside a model clipper at the Museum of Science in Boston today. Filled me with shiplust and Yankee pride.
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Samuel Eliot Morison, son of John H. and Emily Marshall (Eliot) Morison, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on 9 July 1887. He attended Noble’s School at Boston, and St. Paul’s at Concord, New Hampshire, before entering Harvard University, from which he was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1908. He studied at the Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques, Paris, France, in 1908-1909, and retu ...more

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