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Monday, August 20, 2012

Sailing Ships of New England & Soaring Ancestry Revenue

By  George Francis Dow & John Robinson
This book is a total sleeper.  I found it at one of my favorite bookstores: Jabberwocky Bookshop, located in Newburyport, Mass.  On sale for $7.98 in the local books section, I picked it up because I was looking for a picture of a hermaphrodite brig but honestly wasn't expecting too much.  Don't judge a book by its sale price.

The book was originally published in 1922 by the Salem Marine Society and this paperback edition was published in 2007.  There are over 300 illustrations of ships.  Many of them are courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass.

The first 65 pages contain descriptions of each type of ship, from Pinky to Topsail Schooner. There is navigation info, a chapter about the life of the captain, the shipwright, rigging - even information on the artists who painted ships - anything connected to the building and sailing of ships is there.  And in a concise, not overly technical way.

The rest of the book is dedicated to ship illustrations.  The ships are listed in alphabetical order by ship's name.  This is helpful if you are searching for a particular ship.  I would have liked the ability to view the ships by their make, however.  I had to hunt and peck to find the images of hermaphrodite brigs.  Otherwise, it is a really interesting volume, the likes of which I have not found before.  Most ship books seem to deal with either an era such as "WWII vessels," or a single type of ship.

And, the price was right.

Speaking of "price," today we have news of a transaction that has been in the works since last April:
Ancestry.com purchased the Silicon Valley based website Archives.com for a cool $1 million.  Nothing will change on the outside, however.  Archives.com, which was a competing genealogical history database site (with lower subscription rates,) will look and act the same for you.

Genealogy is high finance.  Got stock??


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