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1 Adcock, Al Escort Carriers in Action. Warships Number 9
Carrollton, TX Squadron/Signal Publications 1996 no Wraps Very Good 
Color illustrated wraps. Oblong format. 50 pp. Black and white photos throughout. A brief history of the design and use of Escort Carriers in the United States Navy, discussing the various classes, certain ships and their actions during World War II (briefly). VERY GOOD+ condition. Light edgewear. 
Price: 16.00 USD
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2 Ansel, Willits et al. Lipke, Paul et al, Editors Boats: A Manual for Their Documentation
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A. American Association for State and Local History 1993 0942063171 / 9780942063172 Soft Cover Good Ex-Library 
415 pages including index. With illustrations throughout. A comprehensive guide on the study and preservation of small boats, providing information for the preservationist and maritime historian. GOOD+ condition, EX-LIBRARY (from the Strawbery Banke Museum's reference library). Pocket in the interior rear cover with library ownership stamping on the copyright page. Bookplate on the inside front cover. Call numbers in pencil on the copyright page. Sticker at the foot of the spine. Minor rubbing and edgewear. Interior clean and solid. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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3 Barnes, James The Hero of Erie. Oliver Hazard Perry. Young Heroes of Our Navy Series
New York D. Appleton and Company 1898 no Cloth Good No Jacket 
Blue cloth illustrated in yellow. 167 pp. With a few illustrated plates, all present as called for. A biography of Oliver Hazard Perry , focusing on his actions in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. Presumably written for a juvenile. GOOD condition. Minor soiling, fading and scuffing to the covers, with a few small spots of staining. Cloth frayed and scuffed along the extremities. Interior front hinge cracked and splitting, with the cover somewhat tenuously attached. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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4 Benjamin, Park The United States Naval Academy. Being the yarn of the American Midshipman (etc.)
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 1900 no Cloth Fair No Jacket Ex-Library 
Rebound in red library buckram. 486 pages including index. With illustrations throughout, including three fold outs. A history of the establishment and evolution of the United States Naval Academy, including its earliest forms, the War of 1812 and its influence on establishing a formal Naval school, as well as a look at the education of midshipmen and the then current state of the Academy. EX-LIBRARY in FAIR condition. In red library buckram. Pockets, pastedowns and interior markings present. Library label in blind at the foot of the spine. Light fading, scuffing and soiling to the covers. New endpapers present. Text block solid, with minor scattered soiling. Some chipping to the title page along the fore edge, with a tape repair at the top. All three fold out illustrations with EXTENSIVE wear, having been backed with paper/cloth tape, as well as bearing moderate to extensive repairs. The first plate (frontis) is almost completely torn in two along one fold, with many other chips and tears present to the fold-outs. Best considered a reading/reference copy. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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5 Bonner, Kit and Carolyn USS Iowa at War
St. Paul, MN Zenith Press 2007 no Wraps Very Good Quarto 
Paperback. Quarto. 127 pp. Color and black and white photos throughout. A history of the US battleship, the USS Iowa, from being the first is its class of battleships in the 1930s, to its noted service in the Pacific against Japan in World War II and its role in the Korean War. VERY GOOD condition. Some scuffing and edgewear, with light fading, to the covers. Owner's signature present. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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6 Breyer, Siegfried; Koop, Gerhard The U-Boat. The German Navy at War 1935-1945. Volume 2 Only
West Chester, PA Schiffer Publishing 1989 no Cloth Very Good Very Good 
Blue cloth in unclipped jacket. Oblong quarto. 188 pp. Black and white photos throughout, with a section of color illustrations of uniforms and insignia at the rear. A mostly visual history of the German U-Boat and its role and significance within the German Navy, with historical commentary throughout that documents U-boats, crewmembers and officers, etc. With discussion of weaponry, a section of German harbors and Navy Yards, a list of medal winners, depictions of insignia, etc. All mostly pertaining to World War II. VERY GOOD condition. Minor toning and edgewear to the jacket. White scuffs along the lower edge of the book. 
Price: 22.00 USD
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7 Brighton, Raymond Clippers of the Port of Portsmouth and the Men Who Built Them
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S.A. Portsmouth Marine Society 1985 no Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
Presumed first American edition. Blue cloth in unclipped jacket, in sealed shrinkwrap. ISBN: 0915819066 on the rear cover, although 0915819058 is apparently also valid.. 178 pages including index. With color illustrated plates, as well as black and white illustrations throughout. A history of the clipper ships built in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, including The Nightingale, Typhoon, and the Witch of the Wave, among others, as well as a detailed look at the shipbuilders. NEAR FINE jacket and book. Very light edgewear. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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8 Bunting, William Henry Portrait of a Port: Boston, 1852-1914.
Cambridge, MA The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 1977 0674690753 / 9780674690752 Cloth Good No Jacket 
519 pages including index. Many black and white photos throughout. A history of the city of Boston as a port town, studying the last half of the 19th century through the beginning of the 20th, revealing its importance as a gathering place and a conduit for people and products worldwide. GOOD condition. Minor fading and soiling to the covers. Heavy browning along the spine and hinges. Light edgewear. Interior clean and solid. 
Price: 11.00 USD
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Precis Historique De La Marine Francaise Son Organisation et Ses Lois. Volume 1 ONLY, Chasseriau, F.
9 Chasseriau, F. Precis Historique De La Marine Francaise Son Organisation et Ses Lois. Volume 1 ONLY
Paris Impremerie Royale 1845 no First Edition Half-Leather Very Good No Jacket Ex-Library 
699 pages including index. All text in French. Volume 1 ONLY of a 2 volume history of the French Navy including its organization and laws, as well as its development and roles in battles from pre-Charlemagne times through the various Kings including the Louis's and Charles's. Slightly EX-LIBRARY with a small pastedown on the inside front cover, several small ink stamps and embossings throughout. No pockets or markings on the exterior. VERY GOOD condition. Half leather with marbled boards and endpapers. Moderate scuffing to the covers with some fading. Heavy scuffing to the extremities with the leather corners rather worn and suffering minor loss. Leather bands on the spine scuffed. Front hinge is weak but intact. Text block solid with general darkening and a hint of foxing throughout. Some pages a bit faded. Nice copy of this copy, ex-library in VERY GOOD condition. Volume 1 only. 
Price: 205.00 USD
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10 Church, Albert Cook (photographer) Connolly, James B. (text) American Fishermen
New York W.W. Norton and Company 1961 no Cloth Good Fair 
Reissue of the 1940 edition. Blue cloth in dust jacket. 192 pp. Black and white photos throughout. A visual history of fishing and the maritime trade of New England, documenting various fishing vessels from the schooners to pinkeys, as well as the Gloucester fishermen, the construction of various vessels, modern diesel craft, etc. FAIR jacket on a GOOD book. Moderate toning, soiling and scuffing to the jacket, with heavy chipping and tearing along the extremities. This includes loss and heavy creasing, as well as several 2-3 inch tears. Heavy uneven fading to the book along the extremities, with otherwise general fading. Minor soiling and scuffing. Some bumping to the extremities and corners. Interior solid. Minor soiling to the first endpaper. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The Clipper Ship Era. An Epitome of Famous American and British Clipper Ships, Their Owners, Builders, Commanders, and Crews 1843-1869, Clark, Arthur H
11 Clark, Arthur H The Clipper Ship Era. An Epitome of Famous American and British Clipper Ships, Their Owners, Builders, Commanders, and Crews 1843-1869
New York G.P. Putnam and Sons 1911 no Cloth Good No Jacket 
Olive cloth. No jacket. 404 pages including index. With black and white illustrated plates throughout, depicting various ships. All present as called for. A history of clipper ships and the clipper ship era of maritime history, from the East India Company to the packet ships and the clipper ships that sailed to California during the Gold Rush. This includes a look at a typical clipper ship crew, notable commanders and ships, etc. "Ranks with Cutler, Howe, and Matthews as one of the three outstanding works on American clippers proper." (Albion: Naval and Maritime History: an Annotated Bibliography p. 31). GOOD condition. General fading and minor scuffing. Small stain to the upper front cover, with minor discoloration to the rear. A few small spots of staining to the spine. Very minor soiling. Interior solid. Some toning to the paper, with foxing to the upper portion of the first several pages. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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USS Ranger. 1957-1993. Ranger's Last Ride. Subtitle: Grey Eagle. A Pictorial of Ranger's Thirty-Four Years, Clayton, Pete et al
12 Clayton, Pete et al USS Ranger. 1957-1993. Ranger's Last Ride. Subtitle: Grey Eagle. A Pictorial of Ranger's Thirty-Four Years
No Place No Publisher no Hard Cover Very Good 
No publisher, place or date, presumed circa 1993. Blue cloth decorated in blind. Folio. 480 pp. Color and black and white photos throughout. A cruise book, yearbook style, commemorating the last tour of the aircraft carrier, the USS Ranger, containing photos of the crews and ship, as well as a short piece by Pete Clayton providing a pictorial photo history of the USS Ranger's service from 1957-1993, with very brief commentary. VERY GOOD+ condition. Minor fading and edgewear. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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13 Culver, John A. Sixty Years of Destroyers 1902-1962. The Destroyer Story. Coal to Nuclear Power 1902-1962
No Place No Publisher no Wraps Very Good 
No publisher, place or date, perhaps Quincy, Massachusetts, 1962. Illustrated wraps. Unpaginated. Black and white photos throughout. A brief history of destroyers in the US Navy, spanning from coal to nuclear powered ships, with a focus on the USS Bainbridges, one commissioned in 1902 and one in 1962. This is perhaps issued in conjunction with the launching of the nuclear powered USS Bainbridge in 1962. With photos and discussion of other ships, examining design changes, etc. VERY GOOD condition. Minor toning, wrinkling and edgewear. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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14 Cutler, Carl Greyhounds of the Sea. The Story of the American Clipper Ship
Annapolis United States Naval Institute 1967 no Cloth Good No Jacket 
Cream cloth. No jacket. 592 pp. Color and black and white illustrations throughout. An updated edition of this work, with three new color illustrations and some additions to the text. A detailed history the clipper ship in America, discussing their importance to trade and commerce, including sections on China, California clippers, Australian gold, and the eventual decline in the use of the clipper ships toward the end of the 19th century. Albion calls the work 'the best single account' on clipper ships (Albion p. 31). GOOD condition. Moderate to heavy foxing to the cloth, mostly along the extremities and spine, but with some to the lower rear cover. Minor soiling. Interior clean and solid. Page edges rather foxed. 
Price: 11.00 USD
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15 Cutler, Carl C. Nimitz, Chester W. (foreword). Queens of the Western Ocean. The Story of America's Mail and Passenger Sailing Lines.
Annapolis United States Naval Institute 1967 no Cloth Good No Jacket 
Cream cloth. No jacket. 672 pp. Black and white illustrations throughout. An exhaustive account of the various mail and passenger lines in operation in the United States in the 19th century, chronicling the rise of the mail and passenger lines along the US coast, as well as transatlantic routes, and charting the height of the sailing lines and eventual decline in the late 19th century with the advent of steamships. Included is a lengthy appendix of the various sailing lines and where they operated, both to and from including an extensive list of coastal lines. A list of 300 ton or heavier schooners is also provided. GOOD condition. Moderate to heavy foxing to the cloth, with browning over the rear cover and spine. Page edges heavily foxed. Minor foxing to the first and last few pages. 
Price: 11.00 USD
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16 D'Andrea, Cheslie Gloucestermen. Their Fishing and Their Boats
No Place Highline Publications 1975 no Spiral Bound Good 
Color illustrated wraps, with a plastic comb binding. Small oblong format. Signed by the author, with a brief inscription. 53 pp. Printed on single sides only. Color illustrations by Cheslie D'Andrea throughout, as well as black and white photos. A survey of the fishermen and their boats, based in the Gloucester, Massachusetts area, describing the various boats in use at the time of writing, their features, as well as how fishing operations are conducted at sea. With some discussion of ships used in the past, as well as a section of recipes in the rear. Cheslie D'Andrea was a Massachusetts based artist known for his paintings and illustrations of the sea, including those of ships, as well as his depiction of military combat. GOOD+ condition. Covers toned, with some foxing/spotting to the rear cover. A few pages in the center with their lower corners creased. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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17 Ensign, Lt. Eric S. Intelligence in the Rum War at Sea, 1920-1933. With an introduction by Admiral Robert E. Kramek. Edited by Russell G. Swenson.
Washington DC Joint Military Intelligence College 2001 0965619532 / 9780965619530 First Edition Original Wraps Near Fine 
Believed first edition. In original wraps. Isbn#0965619532. With several small black and white photos in text, as well as some charts and graphs. 91 pages. An historical study of the Coast Guard's methods, uses and successes in applying intelligence techniques to stop the flow of illegal liquor into the United States, by sea, during Prohibition. This work draws on Coast Guard archives and explores intelligence and counterintelligence methods by both the USCG and the rumrunners. Also included are details on the various vessels employed by the USCG and their foes. In NEAR FINE condition. Light scuffing to the extremities of the book. Text clean and tight. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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18 Evans, Robley D An Admiral's Log. Being Continued Recollections of Naval Life
New York D. Appleton and Company 1911 no Cloth Good No Jacket 
Blue cloth. 467 pp. Later printing. An account of the author's life in the United States Navy, following his tours in China, Japan, Hawaii and the Philippines, among other locations. Robley D. Evans served in the navy from the Civil War through the Spanish-American War, attaining the rank of rear admiral. GOOD condition. Book faded, with the spine darkened. Heavy scuffing and fraying to the cloth along the extremities and hinges. Minor soiling and rubbing to the covers. Interior front hinge cracked but holding. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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19 French, Hollis; Forbes, Allan (foreword) The Thatcher Magoun. An American Clipper Ship, Her Owners, Captains, and Model
Cambridge Addison Gallery of American Art/ The Riverside Press 1934 no First Edition Cloth Good No Jacket Ex-Library 
#3 of an edition of 130. Paper covered boards with a cloth binding. xiii, 57 pages, plus 9 unnumbered plates. All present as called for. A history of the clipper ship Thatcher Magoun, named after the noted shipbuilder. The ship made voyages from Boston and New York to San Francisco, and participated in the rescue of a ship in distress. GOOD condition, ex-museum library. With the usual markings: a label at the upper front cover, and a card pocket. Moderate to heavy mottling to the cloth spine. Minor fading, soiling and edgewear. Small dark stain to the lower front cover. Minor toning to the paper in the interior. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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20 Gilkerson, William The Ships of John Paul Jones
No Place United States Naval Academy Museum/Naval Institute Press, Publishers 1987 no Cloth Good Good 
Beige cloth in dust jacket. Oblong quarto. One of four thousand copies. 83 pp. Color illustrations throughout. A study of the various ships that John Paul Jones used throughout his maritime career, from the John to the Bonhomme Richard, Ranger,Providence and others. This mostly focuses on what Jones did with the ships, including military action. GOOD condition. Minor soiling and a few small stains to the jacket, with dark scuffs also present. Darkish offsetting along the jacket edges. Minor chipping, tearing and wear along the extremities of the jacket. Some foxing and toning to the cloth of the book. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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