'The inventions, the innovations, the stories, the surprises. A combination of history, reference and entertainment - something f...
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'The inventions, the innovations, the stories, the surprises. A combination of history, reference and entertainment - something for every seafarer and many others too.' - Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
People have been sailing for thousands of years, but we've come some distance from longboats and clippers. How did we arrive here?
In fifty tales of inventors and innovations, Sails, Skippers and Sextants looks at the history of one of our most enjoyable pastimes, from the monarch who pioneered English yachting to the engineer who invented sailboards. The stories are sometimes inspiring, usually amusing and often intriguing - so grab your lifejacket, it's going to be quite an adventure.
Auteur George Drower is a writer and historian. He is the author of the acclaimed Britain's Dependent Territories and the Overseas Territories Handbook; a number of political biographies; and articles on garden history for The Times, The Sunday Times, Traditional Homes and House & Garden. He has previously written the successful Boats, Boffins and Bowlines and Sails, Skippers and Sextants for The History Press.
Résumé Featuring a foreword by Ben Ainslie, Olympic gold medal winner, this book reveals the stories behind the apparatus used by sailors and navigators. Which woman made the first solo transatlantic crossing? Who saved thousands of lives with the invention of navigation lights? What is the story behind the invention of the compass? Who was Francis Beaufort and how did he come to devise the Beaufort wind scale, still used to this day? Why did William Petty invent the catamaran (in 1662)? Many of us know the story of modern sailing pioneers - Francis Chichester and Ellen Macarthur, Claire Francis and the challengers of the Americas Cup - but what about those unsung heroes who invented the mechanisms and technology which enabled sailors to speed across the oceans and navigate more safely? Boats, Boffins and Bowlines reveals the extraordinary stories behind the apparatus which many sailors take for granted. Learn how the Frenchman Boulanger produced the first binoculars in 1859, enabling sailors to spy landmarks more effectively; or how William Armstrong earned sailors' gratitude for ever by devising the yacht winch.
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Sails, Skippers and Sextants
A History of Sailing in 50 Inventors and Innovations