Author(s): Andrew D. Lambert
Includes some New Zealand material. "Ship" brings together 360 of the most famous ships in history and fiction in one stylishly produced volume. Each one has its unique and fascinating tale to tell, the stories so dramatic that they have been immortalized in evocative artworks and captured in startling photography. Themes include exploration and scientific discovery; shipwreck and cannibalism; mutiny and piracy; human endurance and survival. Ships that excelled in battle or were lost in devastating circumstances are represented, whether as part of a fleet action or a single-ship duel. And then there are those that were the first of their kind - larger, stronger, more powerful. And faster: from the exciting tea clipper races in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to the Blue Ribband race between the super liners of the twentieth century and the incredible achievements of today's round-the-world racers, epitomized by Ellen MacArthur in her trimaran B&Q. International in its scope, this book will have wide appeal and its accessible format makes it easy to use. Ships are organized in alphabetical order, with name, class or type of ship and year of commissioning. Each entry uses an artwork, graphic image or photograph as its starting point, with 200 words of text recalling the event depicted that marks the ship out for inclusion. In some cases the ships are famous because of the painting itself. The entry is rounded off with details of the ship's specifications. Experts in the fields of sailing warships, battleships, ancient and medieval vessels, expeditionary ships, liners and cruise ships, and leisure craft and ships from literature have all been asked to contribute to a remarkable volume that is both an interesting and scholarly achievement and a visual tour de force.
Andrew Lambert is Laughton Professor of Naval History in the Department of War Studies at King's College, London.