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Bibliographies of ships and things nautical.


NOTE: See also the files: Seakeeping-p1-art, nav-inst-msg, ships-msg, travel-msg, med-ships-art, boat-building-msg.





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From: corwyn at aol.com (CORWYN)

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: West Kingdom Navy (Was: Fringe Groups)

Date: 29 Mar 1996 04:41:09 -0500


Okay.  As requested, my notorious nautical reference list

Enjoy !


Baron Corwyn, CINCNAVWEST (ho ho ho)



I. Basics


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

authorship. Fnord



From: Chris Jarvis <cjarvis at u.washington.edu>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

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


From: Daniel

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: Period boats and ships

Date: 10 Jun 1996 10:31:31 GMT

Organization: NBNet.nb.ca


>   Ricardo Goldrake mka Ed Pierce <goldrick at elink.net> writes:

>  I'm looking for Plans/Pictures of period sailing vessels 1500's -

>  1600'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

make it.


I hope this helps.


With your leave to sign myself,

His Lordship Daniel of Stafford Pele, AoA, GoA


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