ships-bib - 6/21/96
Bibliographies of ships and things nautical.
This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that I have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.
This file is part of a collection of files called Stefan's Florilegium. These files are available on the Internet at: http://www.florilegium.org
I have done a limited amount of editing. Messages having to do with separate topics were sometimes split into different files and sometimes extraneous information was removed. For instance, the message IDs were removed to save space and remove clutter.
The comments made in these messages are not necessarily my viewpoints. I make no claims as to the accuracy of the information given by the individual authors.
Please respect the time and efforts of those who have written these messages. The copyright status of these messages is unclear at this time. If information is published from these messages, please give credit to the originator(s).
Mark S. Harris AKA: THLord Stefan li Rous
Stefan at florilegium.org
From: corwyn at aol.com (CORWYN)
Subject: Re: West Kingdom Navy (Was: Fringe Groups)
Date: 29 Mar 1996 04:41:09 -0500
Okay. As requested, my notorious nautical reference list
Baron Corwyn, CINCNAVWEST (ho ho ho)
YE BIBLIOGRAPHIC BUCCANEER
Gosse, Phillip: The History of Piracy, The Rio Grande Press, Inc. (1988)
(a reprint of 1932 edition).
The BEST one-volume history of piracy available. Most more
recent books paraphrase, crib and rip-off this one. Covers lots of
pre-1600 and pre-Elizabethan piracy. Get this one (and Esquemeling), a
bottle of port and you're off to a good start.
Kemp, Peter The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea Oxford University
Press (1976) Really useful for defining all those bizarre sailor words.
See: Yarblockouse, Frapping-steads, Squinch-knees.
Landstrom, Bjorn: The Ship: An Illustrated History, Doubleday and
Company, Inc. (no date given, but many editions exist). One of the best
books on the development of ships from logs to liners. Profusely
Parry, J. H. The age of Reconnaissance The World Publishing Co. (1963)
Good solid 1 volume history of 1400-1600 maritime exploration.
II. Good and reasonably findable books covering period nautical and
piratical history in more depth.
Beeching, Jack: The Galleys at Lepanto, Charles Scribner's Sons (1983).
Narrative history at its best. An excellent read, and excellent history.
Bradford, Ernle: The Sultan's Admiral, Harcourt, Brace and World (1968).
Those evil infidels !
Conway's History of the Ship: Cogs Caravels and Galleons. The Sailing
Ship 1000-1650. Unger, R (editor) UK Publisher: Conway Maritime press.
USA Publisher: Naval Institute Press (1994) One of the best possible
references for this stuff !
Conway's History of the Ship: The Age of the Galley. Mediterranean Oared
Vessels since Pre- Classical Times Morrison, J. (editor) UK Publisher:
Conway Maritime press. Us Publisher: Naval Institute Press (1994)
Friel, I. The Good Ship Subtitle: Ships shipbuilding and Technology in
England, 1200-1520 British Museum Press (1995)
"Hale how and rumbylowe/Steer well the good ship and let the wind blow"
(authentic period nautical gibberish)
Hargreaves, R. The Narrow Seas A history of the English Channel 400
BC-1945 Sidgewick and Jackson Ltd. UK (1959)
Haywood, J. Dark Age Naval Power. Subtitle: A reassessment of Frankish
and Anglo-Saxon Seafaring Activity Routledge Press (1991)
Lane, F.C. Venice: A Maritime Republic Johns Hopkins University Press
(1973) Lots of information on the ships and the economy of shipping in the
med. Plus, and excellent history of that most maritime state, Venice !
Morison, Samuel Eliot: The European Discovery of America (2 vols.: The
Northern Voyages and The The Southern Voyages), Oxford University Press
Phillips-Birt: A History of Seamanship, Doubleday and Company, Inc.
Scammell J.V. The World Encompassed: The European Maritime Empires c.
800-1650 University of California press, 1981
Taylor, E.G.R.: The Haven-Finding Art, American Elsevier Publishing Co.,
Inc. (1971). Very well written and researched study of the evolution of
navigation. Blows up lots of myths.
Unger, Richard W.: The Ship in the Medieval Economy 600-1600,
McGill-Queens University Press (Montreal) (1980). This is a very in depth
study of the development of the merchant ship plus the development of the
medieval maritime economy.
III Specifically Elizabethan Lace-and-Culvern period
Quinn, David, B. and Ryan, A.N. England's sea Empire 1550-1642 George
Allen and Unwin (1983)
Roche, T.W.E.: The Golden Hind, Praeger Publishers (1973)
Thomas, David A.: The Illustrated Armada Handbook, HARRAP, UK (1988).
Williams, Neville: The Sea Dogs, Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc. (1975).
IV More hard-core, often hard to find for sale, worth finding in a
Clowes, William L.: The Royal Navy: A History from the Earliest Times to
the Present, Vol. 1, 55 BC-1600 AD, Sampson, Low Marstone and Co. (UK)
(1897). Reprinted by AMS Press, Inc., NY
(1966). Lots of period documents. My most SCA-useful source.
Corbett, Julian S.: Drake and the Tudor Navy (2 vols.), Longman, Greens
and Co. (1898). Lots of pre-Elizabethan history, too.
Hakluyt, Richard: The Principal Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of
the English Nation. Various publishers and editions since 1600 (10
vols.). A patriotic (and period) compilation of primary source reports
and documents pertaining to english sea exploration and adventures since
saxon times through the end of the Elizabethan era.
Plus: The Hakluyt Society Reprints--175+ volumes of reprints of
primary sources! Ask Admiral Corwyn da Costa to get you subscription
information! They still exist!!
Oppenheim, M.: The Naval Tracts of Sir William Monson (several volumes),
Navy Record Society (1913). Sailed and pirated in period, wrote and
lectured out of it.
V Maps, Charts and Whatnot.
Havrey, P.D.A.: Medieval Maps, University of Toronto Press (1991).
Nebenzahl, Kenneth: Atlas of Columbus and the Great Discoveries, Rand
McNally (1980). About 20.00. Still available at cut-out bookstores. A
tremendously good book, lots of color. Reproductions of maps, etc. from
1400 onwards. Buy it NOW!!
Norden Skiold, A.E.: Facsimile-Atlas: Dover Press reprint (1973).
Toovey, R.V.: Maps and Map Makers, Dorset Press (New York) (1990, 8th
VI And finally, for now, MUST READS !! (not period, but rated "utterly
great"! by the Admiral)
Esquemeling, John (or Alexander): The Buccaneers of America, Corner House
Publishers, Williamstowns, Mass. (1976). Really great. Start with part
II, then later read part I; written by a buccaneer who traveled with
Morgan. This is THE one to get. My ultimate favorite. PRIMARY SOURCE.
Frasier, George MacDonald Pyrates Knopf (1984) The pirate novel that
thinks it's an MGM movie with Doug and Errol. Wow.
Gosse, Phillip: The Pirates Who's Who, The Rio Grande Press, Inc. (1988)
(a reprint of 1932 edition). Yes, no kidding, "Burke's Peerage" for
Harland, John: Seamanship in the Age of Sail, Naval Institute Press
(1984). Want to learn how to handle a full-rigged three-masted square
Johnson, Captain Charles (reputed to be a pen name of Daniel Defoe): A
General History of the Pyrates, University of South Carolina Press (1972).
Hard to find, long and wordy but worth it. Includes Blackbeard's poetry.
Knill, Harry: Pirates, Bellevophon Books (1975). A pirate coloring book
for the wee cabin lads! Plus good basic info. Some even in period.
Any of the Captain Blood Books by Rafael Sabatini.
By the way, both of the Gosse books, as well as many others both listed
and not listed, can be found at the San Francisco Maritime Museum
Bookstore, Hyde Street Pier. Well worth the trip for GOOD nautical books,
all periods. And a good cause to contribute to...
Corwyn at aol.com West kingdom, Mists, etc
Copyright 1996 Martin Costa. All rights reserved. Reproduction for
educational, informational or non-commercial fair use permitted. If you
quote distribute or repost this, don't change it, and please cite
From: Chris Jarvis <cjarvis at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: West Kingdom Navy (Was: Fringe Groups)
Date: 31 Mar 1996 06:55:09 GMT
Organization: University of Washington
Unto Baron Corwyn Da Costa, Lord High Admiral:
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank
Many thanks for your bibliography.
One book I would add:
Lewis, Archibald and Timothy Runyan;
_European_Naval_And_Maritime_History,_300-1500_; Indian University
Press, Bloomington, 1985. It provides a very good basic run down, not
only of the ships of the time but also the role they played and who ruled
the seas and when. Quite good.
One I would not recomend:
du Jourdin, Mollat, _Europe_and_the_Sea_
Ick. ('nuf said)
As a wannabee SCA mariner, and a former real mariner, I would
appreciate any and all hints, sagas, jokes, insights, advice... in short
any knowledge you would deign to share. (Methinks it would make better
reading than most of the fare the Rialto serves up.)
I await with an open mind and a keen interest.
--In service to the College of Saint Bunstable
Christophe de Lascaux
Subject: Re: Period boats and ships
Date: 10 Jun 1996 10:31:31 GMT
> Ricardo Goldrake mka Ed Pierce <goldrick at elink.net> writes:
> I'm looking for Plans/Pictures of period sailing vessels 1500's -
> Would any of you kind lords and ladies have any Ideas for sources???
> Internet sites or books would be greatly appreciated!!!
Greetings from Daniel:
Here are some references I have used in the past.
Ships and Boats, the nature of their design. by Douglas Phillips-Birt and published by Reinhold Publishing Co
Ships by C. Hamilton Ellis published by Peebles Press Newyork-London
The World of Model Ships and Boats by Guy R. Williams published by Cartwell Books Inc.
Years of the Sword 1300 - 1485 by R. J. Unstead library # J914.2033 UNS Note even though it is in the kids section, it is mainly pictures. If you can see it, you can
I hope this helps.
With your leave to sign myself,
His Lordship Daniel of Stafford Pele, AoA, GoA