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Books about ships, book about boats, learn how to sail, seaman skills, ocean exploration. Hundreds of free online books, including many works of fiction in some of the collections.

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Books about Ships – Book about Boats – Learn How to Sail

Voyages and Travel Books : Search Results at Internet Archive – Ocean Exploration

About 2,800 free books. Some book titles: How Not to Travel the World; Safari: a Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer; Make the Most of Your Time on Earth.

Voyages and Travel Books : Search Results at Open Library – Ocean Exploration

About 11,300 free books. Some book titles: How to Babysit a Leopard; Voyage of Sir Francis Drake Around the Whole Globe; Magazines, Travel, and Middlebrow Culture.

Discovery and Exploration Books : Search Results at Internet Archive – Ocean Exploration

About 2,600 free books. Some book titles: Treasures from Native California: the Legacy of Russian Exploration; Henry Hudson: Exploring the Northwest Passage; Antarctic Expedition.

Discovery and Exploration Books : Search Results at Open Library – Ocean Exploration

About 6,550 free books. Some book titles: Exploring the West; Samuel de Champlain; Exploring the Great Lakes; With Scott In The Antarctic.

Shipwrecks Books : Search Results at Internet Archive – Books about Shipwrecks

About 1,900 free books. Some book titles: The Titanic; The Lusitania Story; Shipwreck.

Shipwrecks Books : Search Results at Open Library – Books about Shipwrecks

About 2,280 free books. Some book titles: Hurricane dancers: the first Caribbean pirate shipwreck; A Storm too Soon: a true story of Disaster, Survival and an Incredible Rescue; Great British shipwrecks.

Buried Treasure Books : Search Results at Internet Archive – Books about Salvage

About 980 free books. Some book titles: Treasure Hunter’s Handbook; Sensational True Stories: Treasure Hunters; Secret American Treasures: from Hidden Vaults to Sunken Riches.

Buried Treasure Books : Search Results at Open Library – Books about Salvage

About 720 free books. Some book titles: Treasure Hunting; The Porcelain Thief: Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried Treasure; At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui.

Ocean Travel Books : Search Results at Internet Archive – Ocean Exploration

About 660 free books. Some book titles: Cruise Guide to Europe & the Mediterranean; The Conquest of the Ocean: the illustrated History of Seafaring; Beyond the Blue Horizon: How the Earliest Mariners Unlocked the Secrets of the Oceans.

Ocean Travel Books : Search Results at Open Library – Ocean Exploration

About 1,260 free books. Some book titles: Impossible Voyage of Kon-Tiki, Down to the Sea in Ships, Voyages from the Past.

Seafaring Life Books : Search Results at Internet Archive – Books about Ships

About 600 free books. Some book titles: The History of the Ship: the Story of Seafaring from the Earliest Times to the Present Day; Seaworthy: A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea; People of the Sea.

Seafaring Life Books : Search Results at Open Library – Books about Ships

About 700 free books. Some book titles: Sea Legs: One Family’s Year on the Ocean; The Fyddeye guide to America’s maritime history; Jack Tars Story The Autobiographies And Memoirs Of Sailors In Antebellum America.

Boats and Boating Books – Collection – Book about Boats

About 1,000 free boats and boating books at the Internet Archive. Some books: Essential boating for teens, America’s Boating Course, Personal Guide for the Small Boat Owner, Boatman’s Manual, Exploring the Coast by Boat, Cutaway Boats, World’s Fastest Boats, Complete Book of Small Bats, Boat Handling Under Sail & Power, Book of Fantastic Boats, Design a Boat, Yachtsman’s Guide to Better Maintenance, Restoring Vintage Boats, The Mariner’s Catalog, Your Boat’s Electrical System, A Treatise on Sailing Boats, many more. Free boating books, online boating books.

Books about Ships – Collection – Books on Ship History

About 2,500 free online books about ships at the Internet Archive. Includes fiction and children’s books. Some books: Ships and Submarines, Ships through the Ages, The Clipper Ships, Pictorial History of Ships, About Submarines, Merchant Ships 1949-1950, Sailing Ships, Submarines of the World, Cruise Ship Jobs Insider’s Guide, Alaska: the cruise-lover’s guide, U.S. & Canadian Icebreakers, Ships & Shipbuilding, The Viking Ships, Ships through the Ages, Merchant Sailing Ships 1850-1875, Unofficial Guide to Cruises, Cargo Ships, Great Passenger Ships of the World, many more. Free online books about ships, illustrated books about ships, when did cruise ships start, the history of cruise ships.

General Sailing Books – Collection – Learn How to Sail

About 45 free books about general sailing. Includes several handbooks and manuals. Some titles: Sailor’s Start-up, Reed’s Nautical Almanac, Ready to Sail, Fitting Out Your Boat, How to Trim Sails, The Perfect First Mate, New Complete Sailing Manual, more. The history of cruise ships, when did cruise ships start.

Online Sailing Books – Collection – Learn How to Sail

About 1,400 online Sailing books at the Internet Archive. Many aspects of Sailing, including fiction. Some books: Complete Sailing Handbook, Deep Sea Sailing, Sailing for Beginners, Advanced Sailing, Sailing and Seamanship, Sailing Smart: winning techniques tactics and strategies, Sailing Tips, This is Fast Cruising, Handbook of Sailing Techniques, Official Learn-to-Sail Manual, Glossary of Modern Sailing Terms, Ocean Voyaging, The Complete Yachtsman, Encyclopedia of Sailing, many more. Online sailing books, the history of cruise ships, when did cruise ships start.

Seamanship Books – Collection – Skills for Seaman

Over 150 Seamanship books at the Internet Archive. Some books: Visual Encyclopedia of Nautical Terms Under Sail, Illustrated Book of Basic Boating, The Self-Sufficient Sailor, Get Your Captain’s License: complete study guide, Colgate’s Basic Sailing Theory, How to Cope with Storms, Arts of the Sailor: knotting, splicing & ropework, Encyclopedic Dictionary of Navigation, Circumnavigator’s Handbook, American Merchant Seaman’s Manual, Navigation and Nautical Astronomy, Sailor’s Book of the Weather, Complete Guide to Anchoring and Line Handling, The Amateur Pilot, many more. Basic seamanship book, seamanship skills books, the history of cruise ships, when did cruise ships start.

Books on Cruise Ships – Collection – Books about Ships

About 240 Cruise Ships books from the Internet Archive. Some books: European Ports of Call, Cruise Ship Jobs, Alaska: the cruise-lover’s guide, Cruise Ships, Exploring Careers on Cruise Ships, Caribbean by Cruise Ship, Panama Canal by Cruise Ship, Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships, Dollarwise Cruises, Cruise Vacations for Dummies, The Cruise and Travel Employment Program, many more. Ocean cruising books, when did cruise ships start, the history of cruise ships.

Shipping Books – Collection – Books about Ships

Over 350 free shipping books at the Internet Archive. Some books: Revolution in Merchant Shipping 1950-1980, U.S. Merchant Shipping Policies and Politics, The Classic Merchant Ship 1900-1960, Nuclear Merchant Ships, Regulation and Policies of American Shipping, Lake Carriers: saga of the Great Lakes fleet, Sailors Whalers & Steamers: ships that opened the west, Industrial Democracy at Sea, Modern-Day Piracy, Ocean Traders: from the Portuguese discoveries to the present day, many more. Merchant shipping books, American merchant marine.

Merchant Marine Books – Collection – Books about Ships

About 200 free books about the Merchant Marine and Merchant Mariners. Some titles: U.S. Marine Transportation, Modern-Day Piracy, The Merchant Navy (WWII), The Way of the Ship, Tracing your Family History in the Merchant Navy, The Outlaw Sea, more.

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American Merchant Ships and Sailors Books – Books about Ships

Abbot, Willis J.
Dodd 1908 Dewey Dec. 387

American shipping from colonial days to present, including coastwise, oversea, river, lake and fishing craft. Accurate. -A.L.A.Catalog 1904. Merchant shipping books, American merchant marine.

Knots, A Study of Marlinespike Seamanship Which Embraces Bends, Hitches, Ties, Fastenings and Splices and their Practical Application – Skills for Seaman

Aldridge, Arthur F.
Rudder 1918 Dewey Dec. 623.8

Also with chapters on cordage, matting, hammock making and wire steel work. Manual of seamanship, seamanship skills.

Boat-building and Boating – Book about Boats

Beard, Daniel Carter
Scribner 1911 Dewey Dec. 623.8

“Practical work, describing boatmaking from a primitive raft to a motor-boat, with directions for tying knots, making sails, etc. Excellent illustrations.”
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911. Seamanship skills.

The Small Yacht; its Management and Handling for Racing and Sailing, with Chapters on Construction – Book about Boats

Boardman, Edwin Augustus
Little 1909 Dewey Dec. 797

“Design and construction of a racing yacht and its handling during a race are discussed in very practical chapters, written from the experience of a successful amateur yachtsman.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911. Books on yachting, books on boat-building.

Boatman’s Handbook: The New Look-it-up Book – Learn How to Sail

Bottomley, Tom
Hearst Marine 1985 Dewey Dec. 623.8

Gathers practical information on seamanship, safety, emergency procedures, navigation, piloting, weather, and maintenance.
Contents: Emergencies — Safety — Seamanship — Piloting — Weather — Electronics — Racing — Amenities — Sources — Government — Tables — Maintenance. Book about boats.

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Ocean Steamships; a Popular Account of their Construction, Development, Management and Appliances – Books about Ships

Chadwick, F.E. and others
Scribner’s Sons 1891 Dewey Dec. 387

Vintage ship book.

Romance of the Ship: The Story of Her Origin and Evolution – Books about Ships

Chatterton, Edward Keble
Lippincott 1911 Dewey Dec. 387

“Covers in one volume the field of the author’s Sailing Ships and their Story and Steamships and their Story. Suffers somewhat from condensation and omissions, but is on the whole very informing and interesting.” -A.L.A.Catalog 1904-11. Vintage books about ships.

Ships & Ways of Other Days – Books about Ships

Chatterton, Edward Keble
Sidgwick & Jackson 1913 Dewey Dec. 387

“”A fascinating book for the reader interested in sea-faring matters and old voyages, telling how men managed to build, launch, equip, and fit out different craft in all ages, how ships behaved, and how mariners have lived on shipboard. Well illustrated with reproductions, of old prints and with line drawings.” – Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Science and Useful Arts (1931). Vintage books of ships.

The Seaman’s Friend, Containing a Treatise on Practical Seamanship… – Skills for Seaman

with plates; a dictionary of sea terms; customs and usages of the merchant service; laws relating to the practical duties of master and mariners. 13th edition

Dana, Richard Henry Jr.
Thomas Groom 1873 Dewey Dec. 623.8

Dana gained fame as the author of the memoir, “Two Years before the Mast”. Learn how to sail.

Eagle Seamanship: A Manual for Square-rigger Sailing – Learn How to Sail

Daniels, Edwin H., U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Naval Institute Press 1990 Dewey Dec. 623.8

A convenient pocket training manual for square-rigger sailing. Written for cadets serving on the U.S. Coast Guard training barque Eagle.
Topics: Marine engineering, United States., Sailing, Non-Motor Boat Design And Construction, Seamanship, History – Military / War, United States, Transportation, Military – General, Ships & Shipbuilding – Engineering, Coast Guard, Handbooks, manuals, etc, Officers’ handbooks, Eagle (Ship : 1936-), United States. Coast Guard, Square-riggers, Barks (Sailing ships), Training-ships. Online sailing books, seamanship skills, manual of seamanship.

Modern Seamanship; A Comprehensive Reference Guide for All Recreational Boaters – Learn How to Sail

Dodds, Don
Gramercy 2000 Dewey Dec. 623.8

Modern Seamanship is a comprehensive guide for boaters who wish to learn how to solve boating problems on their own by analyzing a situation and deftly using acquired knowledge. This book presumes you wish to know why, and not just how.
Don Dodds covers in detail the use of such laborsaving technological advances as GPS and radar, which have revolutionized recreational boating in the past decade. But because technology, like water wings, can get boaters literally and figuratively into deep water without knowing how to swim, Modern Seamanship also explores the traditional seamanship skills upon which these space-age devices are based-skills that always work, whether or not the batteries are dead. In its pages you will find information on navigation, weather, boat handling, docking, mooring, anchoring, common emergencies, communications, working with rope, and maintenance-all skills a mariner needs to deal confidently with the sea. Seamanship skills.

Motor Boats – Book about Boats

Durand, William Frederick
lnternational marine engine 1907 Dewey Dec. 623.8

“Brief, practical and thoroughly scientific manual, including boats, propellers and engines.
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911. Free boating books, vintage books on boats.

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The Romance of Tall Ships – Book about Ships

Eastland, Jonathan
Gallery 1990 Dewey Dec. 623.8

Introduces the world of sailing ships, explains their continuing appeal, and examines their history, design, and ornamentation. Illustrated books about ships.

Sailing, Seamanship, and Yacht Construction – Book about Boats

Fox, Uffa
Dover 2002 Dewey Dec. 623.8

Packed with information, ideas, and more than 300 excellent illustrations, this classic of the genre was written by the father of modern planing sailboats. Most of the text focuses on individual vessels; among the 20 profiled are the 60-foot-long Landfall; the Patience; and the author’s own creation, the Vigilant. Skills for seaman, learn how to sail.

Ocean Steamship Traffic Management – Book about Ships

Huebner, Grover G., PhD
Appleton 1920 Dewey Dec. 387

The first volume of a projected “Shipping series.” Presents the facts, forms; functions and principles of most importance in the shipping business; analyzes the divisions of freight and passenger service, the duties of each position and the possible lines of advancement. Well organized; written with clearness and precision. Part one is on “The traffic organization of ocean shipping,” part two “Ocean shipping documents” and part three “Ocean rates and regulations.” – A. L. A. Catalog (1926). Vintage books of ships, merchant shipping books, American merchant marine.

Modern Rope Seamanship: Synthetic and Natural Fibres – Skills for Seaman

Jarman, Coin and Beavis, Bill
International Marine 1976 Dewey Dec. 623.8

Knots and splices, Rope, Ropework, Seamanship, Manual of seamanship, seamanship skills book.

The Young Sea Officer’s Sheet Anchor; or, A Key to the Leading of Rigging, and to Practical Seamanship – Skills for Seaman

Lever, Darcy
G.W. Blunt 1843 Dewey Dec. 623.8

Topics: Navigation, Masts and rigging. Manual of seamanship, seamanship skills, seamanship skills book.

Ports and Terminal Facilities – Books about Ships

MacElwee, Roy S., PhD
McGraw-Hill 1918 Dewey Dec. 387

“A valuable work on the economic importance of ports, proper equipment and methods of handling traffic.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Science and Useful Arts (1931). Merchant shipping books.

Chapman Piloting & Seamanship – Learn How to Sail

Maloney, Elbert S. and Chapman, Charles F.
Hearst 2003 Dewey Dec. 623.8

“The classic reference used by boating schools and recommended by the Coast Guard Auxiliary covers every topic related to both powerboats and sailing ships, from emergency procedures and international signals at sea, to weather conditions, knots, navigation and more.” Boating essentials – Seamanship skills – Safety – Piloting – Electronics – Further aspects of boating – Appendices. Learn how to sail.

Selected Articles on the American Merchant Marine – Books about Ships

Phelps, Edith M., comp.
H. W. Wilson 1916 Dewey Dec. 387.5

In the first decades of the 20th century publisher H.W. Wilson produced many volumes in its Debaters’ Handbook Series on social and political issues that were under discussion at the time. Each book contains the full text of selected articles and documents representing opposing views on the issue, along with a substantial bibliography of books and articles. American merchant marine, merchant shipping books.

Most of the books mentioned in these guides are likely to be freely available online. Search by title; first at the Internet Archive (archive.org), then at HathiTrust.org. Referenced magazine articles may also be available online at the same sites, with HathiTrust the preferred site for magazines.

Every Boy’s Book of Railways and Steamships – Book about Ships

Protheroe, Ernest
London: Religious Tract Society 1911 Dewey Dec. 380

Vintage books of ships, illustrated books about ships.

Standard Seamanship for the Merchant Service – Skills for Seaman

Riesenberg, Felix
Van Nostrand 1936 Dewey Dec. 623.8

“Embracing every department of seamanship proper, the book shows evidence of careful
planning and wise selection from competent sources. . . Capt. Riesenberg’s ‘Standard Seamanship’ is doubly welcome, not only for the sound technics employed and advocated but for the wholesome atmosphere of professional brotherhood that is a feature of the book.”
– Standard Catalog for Public Libraries: Science and Useful Arts (1931)
625 illustrations. Chapters: Types of Vessels, The Hull, , Ropes, Knots, Splices, Blocks and Tackles, Steamer Rigging – Cargo Gear, Sailing Ship Rigging – Sails – Canvas Work, eck Machinery, Holds, Peaks, Tanks, Stowage, Carriage of Live Stock, The Tanker, Passenger Vessels, Boats, Compass – Lead – Log – Piloting, The Bridge, Rules of the Road at Sea, Ground Tackle, Handling a Steamer, Handling a Sailer, Weather at Sea, Safety on Board Ship, Ship Maintenance. Skills for seaman, learn how to sail.

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Motor Boats, Hydroplanes, Hydroaeroplanes … – Book about Boats

Construction and Operation with Practical Notes on Propeller Calculation and Design

Russell, Thomas H.
Thompson 1917 Dewey Dec. 623.8

“An illustrated manual of self-instruction for owners and operators of marine gasoline engines and amateur boat-builders.”- A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911. Book about boats.

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