Days of Sail

Waves of ships battled sea and storm to bring settlers to the New World and establish trade routes. What special features allowed these craft to routinely journey across thousands of dangerous miles and what skills did the crews need to survive the voyage? You'll also find novels set in the colonies' early days, when the great and sometimes treacherous Atlantic was the only link to the world they knew.

The Guardship

By James L. Nelson

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A naval adventure whose hero commands a warship, defending colonial Virginia from pirates. On land he faces danger as well for he killed a tobacco planter in a duel over a woman and the family wants revenge.
Book 1 of the Brethren of the Coast series.

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The Blackbirder

By James L. Nelson

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Former swashbuckler Thomas Marlowe and his wife have settled in 1702 Tidewater Virginia where they immediately make enemies by freeing their slaves. Planning to set to sea again, to make his fortune plundering rival merchant vessels, Captain Marlowe finds himself bound instead to hunt down an old friend who has killed the captain of a slave ship and has now set sail for Africa.
Book 2 of the Brethren of the Coast series.

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Mutiny on the Bounty

By Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

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The thrilling account of the strange, eventful, and tragic voyage of His Majesty's Ship Bounty in 1788-1789, which culminated in Fletcher Christian's mutiny against Captain Bligh.

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Captain Kilburnie: A Novel

By William P. Mack

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In an exciting novel set in the age of sail, one of the first Scotsmen to command a ship in Nelson's navy battles Spanish and French enemies, as well dangerous seas and his volatile crew, to establish a reputation for himself.

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Two Years Before the Mast

By Richard Henry Dana

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The narrative of the author's journey from Boston around the Cape Horn and landing at a port in the western coast of the United States. A classic work of non-fiction that inspired Melville.

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Westward, Ho!

By Charles Kingsley

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This vibrant novel captures the daring spirit of adventurers who sailed with Sir Francis Drake, and this new edition features text reset in the original typeface and full-color illustrations reproduced from the original canvases.

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The Way of a Ship: A Square-Rigger Voyage in the Last Days of Sail

By Derek Lundy

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When, as a young man in the 1880s, Benjamin Lundy signed up for unimaginably hard duty aboard a...commercial sailing vessel -- one destined for a treacherous, white-knuckle passage around...Cape Horn -- he had no idea that his experience would also provide a window into an epochal transition that would fundamentally change man's relation to the sea.

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The Lore of Sail: A Comprehensive and Authoritative Guide, Fully Illustrated Throughout

By William A. Baker

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An excellent reference book for those who would like to know some of the particulars of old sailing vessels.

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Ship of Fire

By Michael Cadnum

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In 1587, sailing to Spain on board Sir Francis Drake's ship "Elizabeth Bonaventure," seventeen-year-old surgeon's apprentice Thomas Spyre finds that, with the sudden death of his master, he must take over as ship's surgeon and prove his skill not only as a doctor but also as a fighter when he is enlisted by Drake to face battle.

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Salute to Adventurers

By John Buchan

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"My arm was too short to make a fighter of me, and I could only strive to close, that I might get the use of my weight and my great strength of neck and shoulder. Ringan danced round me, tapping me lightly on nose and cheek, but hard enough to make the blood flow, I defended myself as best I could, while my temper rose rapidly and made me forget my penitence. Time and again I looked for a chance to slip in, but he was as wary as a fox, and was a yard off before I could get my arm round him."
Follow the rowsing adventures of men facing off against pirates, Powhatans, and each other in this classic adventure story.

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