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SAILING ON FRIDAY: The Perilous Voyage of America's Merchant Marine Ships. A direct, forthright, and compelling recounting of two centuries of American maritime history. A must read for the professional mariner and the American maritime history buff. Tells the story of the industry from colonial days through the pioneering trading families who took the industry from sail to steam, and the subsequent evolution of the business into the container- and mega-ship age of the 1990's. Includes an account of the daring sealift to Europe during World War II, the greatest in world history.
Sailing on Friday recounts the growth and decline of what twice became the world?s most powerful maritime fleet. This is a tale of operatic dimension, peopled with patriots, politicians, industrial geniuses, fearless seamen, and gallant swashbucklers. It includes accounts of little-noted innovations that had long-lasting effects, daring ocean rescues, sea battles, and financial gambles that won or lost millions. Growing stress among diverse forces of merchants, shipowners, seafarers, and federal agencies brings this exciting story to an appalling climax. 320 pages
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