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

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BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
As a rule, American historians like McMaster, Adams, and Rhodes give too little space to the maritime achieve- ments of the nation. The gap has been partially filled by the following special works:
Winthrop L. Marvin, The American Merchant Marine: Its History and Romance from 1620 to 1902 ( 1902). This is the most nearly complete volume of its kind by an author who knows the subject and handles it with accuracy.
John R. Spears, The Story of the American Merchant Marine ( 1910), The American Slave Trade ( 1901), The Story of the New England Whalers ( 1908). Mr. Spears has sought original sources for much of his material and his books are worth reading, particularly his history of the slave-trade.
Ralph D. Paine, The Ships and Sailors of Old Salem: The Record of a Brilliant Era of American Achievement ( 1912). A history of the most famous seaport of the Atlantic coast, drawn from log-books and other manu- script collections. The Book of Buried Treasure: Being a True History of the Gold, Jewels, and Plate of Pirates, Galleons, etc. ( 1911). Several chapters have to do with certain picturesque pirates and seamen of the colonies.
Edgar S. Maclay, A History of American Privateers (1899). The only book of its kind, and indispensable to

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