The Shipbuilders: From Clipper Ships to Submarines to Hovercraft

The Shipbuilders: From Clipper Ships to Submarines to Hovercraft

The Shipbuilders: From Clipper Ships to Submarines to Hovercraft

The Shipbuilders: From Clipper Ships to Submarines to Hovercraft

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"Surely oak and threefold brass surrounded his heart who first trusted a frail vessel to the merciless ocean."

-Horace

Of all the many modes of transportation, no other has the vital and romantic place in man's progress as that earned by the ship. We have but to study history and geography, or scan the pages of literature to appreciate the great importance of sailing craft through the years. Ships did much to shape the destiny of the world and the characters of men. In this book we shall meet some great builders of ships, against the exciting backdrops of the age they lived in, and learn why and how they created the vessels they are famed for.

The first "boat" must have been discovered when some drowning Paleolithic man grabbed in desperation at a float-

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