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Maritime history

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Otter Skins, Boston Ships, and China Goods

Otter Skins, Boston Ships, and China Goods

Author: James R. Gibson Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/01/1992

Before contact with white people, the Northwest Coast natives had traded amongst themselves and with other indigenous people farther inland, but by the end of the 1780s, when Russian coasters had penetrated the Gulf of Alaska and British merchantmen were frequenting Nootka Sound, trade had become the dominant economic activity in the area. The Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, Nootka, Salish, and Chinook Indians spent much of their time hunting fur-bearing animals and trading their pelts -- especially the highly prized black skins of sea otters -- to Russian, British, Spanish, and American traders for metals, firearms, textiles, and foodstuffs. The Northwest Coast Indians used their newly acquired goods in intertribal trade while the Euro-American traders dealt their skins in China for teas, silks, and porcelains that they then sold in Europe and America. This traffic continued for more than half a century until, in the early 1840s, the Northwest trade declined significantly because of depletion of the fur-bearing animals due to over-hunting, depopulation of the Indians by disease and warfare, and depression of the market for furs. While previous studies have concentrated on the boom years of the fur trade before the War of 1812, Gibson reveals that the maritime fur trade persisted into the 1840s and shows that the trade was not solely or even principally the domain of American traders. He gives an account of Russian, British, Spanish, and American participation in the Northwest traffic, describes the market in South China, and outlines the evolution of the coast trade, including the means and problems. He also assesses the physical and cultural effects of this trade on the Northwest Coast and Hawaiian Islands and on the industrialization of the New England states. Gibson's new interpretations derive in part from his use of Western primary sources that have been largely ignored by previous investigators. In addition to being the first to use many Russian-language sources, Gibson consulted the records of the Russian-American, East India, and Hudson's Bay Companies, the unpublished logs and journals of a number of American ships, and the business correspondence of several New England shipowners. No more comprehensive or painstakingly researched account of the maritime fur trade of the Northwest Coast has ever been written.

A Nation's Navy

A Nation's Navy

Author: Michael L. Hadley Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/1992

A collection of incisive essays emerging from the second Fleet Historical Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, A Nation's Navy documents for the first time the evolution of a distinctive Canadian naval identity. Contributors explore a wealth of pivotal issues: the popular perception of the Canadian navy, the navy as an instrument of national policy, the impact of various wars and conflicts, the navy as an expression of Canadian society, the distinctive role of women and the integration of francophone Canadians, and the future direction of Canadian naval policy. Contributors include Catherine E. Allan, Serge Bernier, Peter W. Cairns, Fred W. Crickard, Jan Drent, Richard H. Gimblett, William Glover, James Goldrick, Barry Gough, Michael L. Hadley, Peter T. Haydon, Michael A. Hennessy, James D. Kiras, William A. March, Doug M. McLean, Siobhan J. McNaught, Marc Milner, Bernard Ransom, Roger Sarty, Graeme R. Tweedie, Barbara Winters, and David Zimmerman.

Building a Longboat

Building a Longboat

Author: Ida Nicolaisen, Tinna Damgard-Sorensen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/1991

The craftsmanship of longboat-building is not something we can draw on today, so when the Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde wanted to look into this ancient skill, they needed to track down people who still had the tradition of boat-building in their culture. This book looks at the boat-building and culture of the Punan Bah people of Borneo and then puts the longboat in its wider cultural-historical perspective.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Author: Marcus (University of Pittsburgh) Rediker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/02/1989

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea focuses upon the seamen's experience in order to illuminate larger historical issues such as the rise of capitalism, the genesis of free wage labor, and the growth of an international working class. These epic themes were intimately bound up with the everyday hopes and fears of the common men who toiled upon the deep.

Confederate Shipbuilding

Confederate Shipbuilding

Author: William N. Still Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/01/1989

This work covers the real grounds for the Confederacy's failure to build a successful navy. The South's major problems with shipbuilding concerned facilities, materials, and labour. Each of these subjects is discussed, and the text concludes by joining these problems to the issues of the Civil War.

Glossary Of Ancient Egyptian Nautical Terms

Glossary Of Ancient Egyptian Nautical Terms

Author: Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/01/1988

First published in 1988. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Author: Marcus (University of Pittsburgh) Rediker Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/11/1987

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea focuses upon the seamen's experience in order to illuminate larger historical issues such as the rise of capitalism, the genesis of free wage labor, and the growth of an international working class. These epic themes were intimately bound up with the everyday hopes and fears of the common men who toiled upon the deep.

FRIGATE DIANA

FRIGATE DIANA

Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/11/1987

The eighteenth century equivalent of the cruiser, the frigate was used for a wide variety of roles from fleet reconnaissance to patrolling sea lanes. Built in 1793 Diana was a typical British frigate of the period whose long and active career spanned virtually all of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. In 1815 she was sold to the Dutch navy, which she continued to serve until destroyed by an accidental fire in 1839. First published in 1987, this popular volume includes a new large-scale plan of the ship on the reverse of the extended fold-out jacket and over 100 perspective and three-dimensional drawings accompanied by in-depth descriptive keys and photos. Both accurate and impressively detailed, this volume is an essential reference for age of sail enthusiasts and modelers alike.

The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783

The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783

Author: A. T. Mahan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/1987

Corsairs and Navies, 1660-1760

Corsairs and Navies, 1660-1760

Author: J. S. Bromley Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/1987

Teignmouth

Teignmouth

Author: H.J. Trump Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/1986

The Barbary Corsairs

The Barbary Corsairs

Author: Stanley Lane-Poole Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/1984