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Useful books on combat, sailing and naval history in the age of sail

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On 9/16/2017 at 7:50 PM, Rekov said:

There is a book referenced on a few websites that I haven't come close to finding. I've seen it called a few things. I can't find a title that I can reliably search for.

Can you get the ISBN or the author?

It's probably an exclusively Chinese publication, local at that, which is why there are various titles in english.

If you could share the links you have i can try to dig more, so far i have no luck neither.

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In case this book has not already been included:

The Elements and Practice of Rigging and Seamanship, David Steel, 1794


Right in our period, it includes a dictionary of naval terms  as well as a documentation of fleet movement.


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17 minutes ago, Haratik said:

Any of our naval historians come across this book before?  The Ottomans are near impossible to find anything about, so to find this book, even if some of it is out of period, makes me curious if it's worth having:

Ottoman Sailing Ships: Galleys to Galleons

No , but


5 pages show what is inside. Seems like it might have a bunch of publicly available blueprints stuffed inside and searchable info of that era. Would not pay $150 for it for sure. That 1st rate BP shown \/ can be found online. 




Found on pinterest...


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It only shows 5 pages of samples, not the entirety of the book.  There might be stuff in there we can't find online.  Of all the major seafaring powers, the most limited knowledge is of the Ottomans.

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