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.

Pirates on the Chesapeake: Being a True History of pirates, Picaroons, and Raiders on Chesapeake Bay, 1610-1807

By Donald G. Shomette

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“…a dazzling array of swashbuckling pirates, picaroons, and sea rovers pitted against the often feckless representatives of an outpost government authority in the Chesapeake Bay region. It is an exciting and dramatic 200-year history that begins grimly with the "starving time" in the Virginia colony in 1609 and ends with the peaceful resolution of the Othello affair with the French in 1807. In between lies a full panoply of violent and bizarre buccaneering incidents… .”
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Folklore and the Sea

By Horace Beck

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A superb account of the traditions and legends of the people who live by the sea; their beliefs and superstitions about boatbuilding, the weather, creatures real and legendary, the ghosts and saints and demons that surround and influence their lives. (Publisher's description)

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Chesapeake

By James A. Michener

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In this epic, the Chesapeake Bay region gets Michener's novel treatment. From Indians to religious pilgrims, from pirates to slave holders, from Quakers to desperate Irish immigrants, the people come in and make their mark on the windy marshes and tidal basins of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Captain Blood: His Odyssey

By Rafael Sabatini

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A man wrongly punished for treason escapes from slavery in the West Indies to become a savvy pirate, yet he longs for the plantation owner's niece.

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Merchant Seamen, Pirates, and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700-1750

By Marcus Rediker

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What was it like when Britain ruled the waves, but pirates haunted the coasts of colonial America? In this maritime history, Rediker examines a dangerous, adventurous brotherhood of the sea.

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A Goodly Ship: The Building of the Susan Constant: The Story of the Ship that Brought the Settlers to Jamestown, Revisiting History and the Art of Wooden Shipbuilding

By Peter H. Spectre and David Larkin

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A beautiful book to browse, this volume was written to record the recreation of the Susan Constant, the Godspeed’s sister ship, in 1992.

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