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Fitzgerald's Storm: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald's Storm
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Paperback      ISBN: 1882376536

The Edmund Fitzgerald was the Titanic of the Great Lakes, seven city blocks long and thought to be invincible. One November night she disappeared from Lake Superior so quickly crewmen were unable to make a distress call. Many years later, a team led by Dr. Joseph MacInnis looked for answers. From interviews, transcripts, and his own dives, Dr. MacInnes has crafted a tale that is gripping and poignant. Re-creating the ship's voyage, he describes the ship, the men, and the events leadig up to November 10, 1975.

Thunderer: Building a Model Dreadnought
Thunderer
Building a Model Dreadnought
Hardcover      ISBN: 1848320590

HMS Thunderer was the third Orion class battleship, one of the Super Dreadnoughts built to counter German naval expansion in April 1910. At 22,200 tons she was the largest ship ever built on the Thames and bankrupted her builders. The author s 1/96-scale museum-quality model reflects the massive engineering of the prototype and brings to life the power and potency of the Super Dreadnoughts. Also covered is the battleship USS Texas, the only remaining ship of that class from the same era.

Colgate's Basic Sailing
Colgate's Basic Sailing
Paperback      ISBN: 0914747029
The Night the Fitz Went Down
The Night the Fitz Went Down
Paperback      ISBN: 0942235371
River Running, 2nd Edition
River Running, 2nd Edition
Paperback      ISBN: 0898867010

* Written by the granddaddy of the river running world
* Completely updated, with new text and photos
* Sidebars describing real-life river running situations threaded throughout

First published in 1975, River Running inspired a whole generation of river runners. Now this classic text is back in print in a completely rewritten and updated guide. Reflecting changes in the regulations, equipment, and popularity of the sport, River Running introduces the modern river runner to craft and gear, technique, planning and preparation, health and safety, environmental issues, and basic river sense.

Long-time expert Verne Huser shares his insights on the nature of rivers-how they act, why they flood, and what to look for when scouting out rapids, holes, and other obstacles-and discusses how to choose from the many types of craft, from traditional wooden canoes to inflatable kayaks and catarafts. Also covered are the different means of propulsion and the latest in safety equipment. All information is presented in the context of running rivers safely, with as little impact on the river environmental as possible.
Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America
Leviathan
The History of Whaling in America
Paperback      ISBN: 0393331571

A Boston Globe Best Non-Fiction Book of 2007
Amazon.com Editors pick as one of the 10 best history books of 2007
Winner of the 2007 John Lyman Award for U. S. Maritime History, given by the North American Society for Oceanic History

"The best history of American whaling to come along in a generation." --Nathaniel Philbrick

Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
Sea of Glory
America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842
Paperback      ISBN: 0142004839
"A treasure of a book."--David McCullough

The harrowing story of a pathbreaking naval expedition that set out to map the entire Pacific Ocean, dwarfing Lewis and Clark with its discoveries, from the New York Times bestselling author of Valiant Ambition and In the Hurricane's Eye.

A New York Times Notable Book

America's first frontier was not the West; it was the sea, and no one writes more eloquently about that watery wilderness than Nathaniel Philbrick. In his bestselling In the Heart of the Sea Philbrick probed the nightmarish dangers of the vast Pacific. Now, in an epic sea adventure, he writes about one of the most ambitious voyages of discovery the Western world has ever seen--the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842. On a scale that dwarfed the journey of Lewis and Clark, six magnificent sailing vessels and a crew of hundreds set out to map the entire Pacific Ocean and ended up naming the newly discovered continent of Antarctica, collecting what would become the basis of the Smithsonian Institution. Combining spellbinding human drama and meticulous research, Philbrick reconstructs the dark saga of the voyage to show why, instead of being celebrated and revered as that of Lewis and Clark, it has--until now--been relegated to a footnote in the national memory.

Winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize
The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty
The Bounty
The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty
Paperback      ISBN: 0142004693

More than two centuries after Master's Mate Fletcher Christian led a mutiny against Lieutenant William Bligh on a small, armed transport vessel called Bounty, the true story of this enthralling adventure has become obscured by the legend. Combining vivid characterization and deft storytelling, Caroline Alexander shatters the centuries-old myths surrounding this story. She brilliantly shows how, in a desperate attempt to save one man from the gallows and another from ignominy, two powerful families came together and began to create the version of history we know today. The true story of the mutiny on the Bounty is an epic of duty and heroism, pride and power, and the assassination of a brave man's honor at the dawn of the Romantic age.

Unsinkable: The Full Story of Rms Titanic
Unsinkable
The Full Story of Rms Titanic
Hardcover      ISBN: 081171814x

- "A masterful treatment of the Titanic disaster with a new look at the role played by the mystery ship California." --Walter Lord, author of A Night to Remember The first modern work to give a comprehensive picture of the Titanic and the people intertwined with her fate, from disaster to recovery. Drawn from primary sources and contemporary accounts, this new narrative allows readers to come to their own conclusions about this legendary vessel.

Rowing Against the Current: On Learning to Scull at Forty
Rowing Against the Current
On Learning to Scull at Forty
Hardcover      ISBN: 0684843218

In the midst of the standard midlife crisis -- complete with wine tasting courses, yoga classes, and a failed attempt at a first novel -- forty-year-old Barry Strauss fails unexpectedly and passionately in love with rowing, a sport in which even a twenty-seven-year-old is considered a has-been.

Strauss, a classics professor, writes about the unanticipated delights of an affair that, like so many others, begins as a casual dalliance and develops into a full-blown obsession. Drawn to the sport in part because of his affinity for Greek antiquity, he develops a hankering for old boathouses, a longing for rivers at dawn, a thirst to test himself, and ultimately a renewed sense of self-reliance -- as someone who had experienced sports humiliation back as far as Little League suddenly finds himself bursting into athleticism at an unlikely age.

From the awe-inspiring feats of the war-bound ancient Greek triremes with their crews of 172 men rowing on three levels, to the solitary pride of finishing a first race in which he gets stuck in the weeds and has to be fished out, Barry Strauss shows us why "there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half as much worth doing as simply messing about in boats".