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The History of Seafaring
by Johnson, Donald

ISBN: 9781844860401
PUBLISHER: Conway Maritime Press Ltd
FORMAT: Hardback
PAGES: 376
PUBLICATION DATE: 25.09.2007
DIMENSIONS: 34.04 x 24.89 x 2.79 centimetres 6.2 pounds

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This is a large format, meticulously researched, lavishly illustrated and fully international history of mankind's seaborne voyages from the Phoenicians and Chinese to modern navies and round-the-world sailing yachts. Royal prestige, intellectual curiosity, commerce and territorial expansion all propelled mankind to make perilous voyages across unpredictable oceans to find out what lay beyond the horizon, and the art of navigation allowed them to do so. From initial conjecture and philosophical reason, man ventured forth to glean first-hand information of the seas by exploration and scientific investigation. Author Donald Johnson pieces together the advances in astronomy, navigation, shipbuilding and surveying through the ages to tell the fascinating and absorbing history of navigation and exploration in an elegant volume that is beautifully illustrated with manuscripts and rutters, portolans and sea charts, ship's instruments and artefacts. The meticulous research, based on original sources, has brought to light a lot of new information, which in some cases contradicts popular held beliefs. Certain navigational instruments have been tested in real circumstances, such as the Viking instrument for determining a ship's course to enable us to fully understand how people crossed vast, limitless oceans. The book opens with the basic questions and challenges of navigation. Part 2 unravels the development

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