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Sea History Press publishes educational and reference works, classic sea stories and books about our maritime heritage.  To purchase any of these titles or to browse our complete inventory of books, visit our online store.

 


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A Dream of Tall Ships: How New Yorkers came together to save the city’s sailing-ship waterfront, by Peter and Norma Stanford

South Street Seaport Museum founders Peter and Norma Stanford recount their story, how the idea of bringing ships back to the New York waterfront led to the creation of this iconic institution. Hardcover, 596 pages, illustrated.

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“…our flag was still there”: The Sea History Press Guide to the War of 1812 – Its History and Bicentennial Commemorations by William H. White

Maritime historian and award-winning author William H. White will guide readers through the highlights of both the land campaigns and the sea battles as he explains the issues that led up to the declaration of war, the political tensions, events, and key players. Our Flag Was Still There also serves as a guidebook to the bicentennial celebrations across the country, including events that are held every year. Softcover, 151 pages, illustrated.  

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The Skipper & the Eagle by Captain Gordan McGowan, with an introduction by Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., Commandant, US Coast Guard.

The year was 1946, the place was bomb-shattered Bremerhaven. Amid the confusion of bombed cities, the displaced persons and food and housing shortages, Commander Gordon McGowan, US Coast Guard, found himself the master of a three-masted barque, a battered prize of war which he had to transform into a well-found Coast Guard training ship able to make a transatlantic voyage under sail. Hardcover, 225 pages, 36 illustrations.

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Voyages: Documents in American Maritime History, Volume I: The Age of Sail, 1492–1865 by Dr. Joshua Smith

This first of the two-volume Voyages covers the American maritime experience from the discovery of the continent to the end of the Civil War. Published in cooperation with the National Maritime Historical Society, the selections chosen for this anthology of primary texts and images focus on the age of sail on the Atlantic and Pacific, and on the high seas and inland rivers. Each example is linked to the larger context of American history, including issues of gender, race, power, labor, and the environment.

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Voyages: Documents in American Maritime History,
Volume II: The Age of Engines, 1865–Present
 
by Dr. Joshua Smith

This second of the two-volume Voyages covers the American maritime experience from the end of the Civil War through the War on Terror.  Published in cooperation with the National Maritime Historical Society, the selections chosen for this anthology of primary texts and images focus on the age of engines on the Atlantic and Pacific, on the Gulf Coast and the Great Lakes, and on the high seas and inland rivers.  Each example is linked to the larger context of American history, including issues of gender, race, power, labor and the environment. Voyages, the Age of Engines: Documents in American Maritime History, Volume II, 1865-Present.

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Harbor Voices: New York Harbor tugs, ferries, people, places & more… by Terry Walton
Harbor Voices celebrates New York’s working harbor within lively recent memory—the people, places and vessels that make the city work. It includes behind the scenes stories of tug skippers, little-known islands, arch-windowed waterfront buildings, and more as interconnections to earlier times. 179 pages, soft cover, illustrated.

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John Stobart and the Ships of South Street by John Stobart & Peter Stanford

 

Sea History Press is honored to premiere the booklet, John Stobart and the Ships of South Street. Featured within the booklet are John Stobart’s evocative paintings of ships sailing out of New York’s South Street. John Stobart’s essay, “A Fair Tide in South Street,” provides his personal account of how the ships and people of the South Street Seaport inspired him to create his paintings: canvases that depict the ships that built a city from the sea.

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The Peking Battles Cape Horn – by Irving Johnson – Buy it Now
International Register of Historic Ships – by Norman J. Brouwer – Buy it Now
Sea History’s Guide to Maritime Programs and Cultural Sites: NYBuy it Now