The Old Merchant Marine: A Chronicle of American Ships and Sailers

The Old Merchant Marine: A Chronicle of American Ships and Sailers

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The Old Merchant Marine: A Chronicle of American Ships and Sailers

The Old Merchant Marine: A Chronicle of American Ships and Sailers

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The story of American ships and sailors is an epic of blue water which seems singularly remote, almost unreal, to the later generations. A people with a native genius for seafaring won and held a brilliant supremacy through two centuries and then forsook this heritage of theirs. The period of achievement was no more extraordinary than was its swift declension. A maritime race whose top- sails flecked every ocean, whose captains courageous from father to son had fought with pike and carronade to defend the freedom of the seas, turned inland to seek a different destiny and took no more thought for the tall ships and rich cargoes which had earned so much renown for its flag.

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