Boat (Eyewitness Guides) by Dorling Kindersley

By Dorling Kindersley

Every one identify within the "Eyewitness" sequence is an informative, visible account of a variety of matters and pursuits. this actual publication appears to be like on the international of boats, rafts and ships of either the previous and the current, from hollowed-out logs to luxurious liners. The booklet encompasses a historical past of the improvement of boats, from Irish skin-covered coracles and North American birch-bark canoes to river boats, embellished barges and the seagoing galleons and frigates to the golden age of sail.

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Tiller Mermaid ROYAL RUMP DRAGON HEAD This terrifying carved head was probably the stempost of a Dark Age raiding boat. d. This means it was too early to be from a Viking boat, though similar figureheads are mentioned in the Norse sagas. This is the stern of the barge with the dogfish bow on the opposite page. It was designed in 1732 for Prince Frederick, the son of King George II, by William Kent, an English landscape gardener and€architect. Rudder 33 In sheltered waters Skewed stern Moving people and goods on water has always been cheaper than moving them about on land.

Built in 1929, the Statendam was the flagship of the Holland-America Line. This company’s reputation for cleanliness earned it the nickname “the Spotless Fleet”. Cross of St George, the English flag To a new life Square top and main sails Lateen mizzen sail EARLY ARRIVALS The cheapest accommodation of the great liners was€largely occupied by emigrants, leaving their homelands to make a new life in the United States,€Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Emigration to North America had begun much earlier, in the 17th century.

BARBADOS WATERS These measuring jugs and 27-litre (6-gallon) breaker are for issuing daily rations of “Barbados waters” – rum – to British sailors. Rum is distilled from sugar cane and was favoured on board ship because it kept much longer than beer. Common sailors were given grog, a mixture of four parts water to one part rum. ROLL OUT THE BARREL PORT OF CALL This is Portsmouth in England at the beginning of the 19th century. Like all ports, it had a lively and sometimes violent area where sailors could enjoy themselves and spend their savings.

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