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Barons of the sea : and their race to build the world's fastest clipper ship
Ujifusa, Steven, author
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018
Prologue: the patriarch -- The Canton Silver Cup -- Breaking into the family -- Opium hostages -- Yankees in Gotham -- Mazeppa and the problem child -- Captain Nat -- Family pressure under sail -- Memnon: Delano's California bet -- Enter Donald McKay -- Grinnell grabs the Flying Cloud -- At the starting line -- Around the world -- Frightful to look aloft: Sovereign of the Seas -- Great Republic -- Hill and river -- Surprise and danger -- Glory of the Seas -- Keeping it in the family.

"There was a time, back when the United States was young and the robber barons were just starting to come into their own, when fortunes were made and lost importing luxury goods from China. It was a secretive, glamorous, often brutal business--one where teas and silks and porcelain were purchased with profits from the opium trade. But the journey by sea back home to New York could take six agonizing months, and so the most pressing technological challenge of the day became ensuring one's goods arrived first to market, so they might fetch the highest price--making their sellers some of the first millionaires. Barons of the Sea tells the story of a handful of cutthroat competitors who raced to build the fastest, finest, most profitable clipper ships to carry their precious cargo to American shores. They were visionary, eccentric shipbuilders, debonair captains, and socially ambitious merchants with names like Forbes and Delano--men whose business interests took them from the cloistered confines of China's expatriate communities to the sin-city decadence of Gold Rush-era San Francisco and from the teeming hubbub of East Boston's shipyards and to the lavish sitting rooms of New Yorks Hudson Valley estates. Elegantly written and meticulously researched, Barons of the Sea is a riveting tale of innovation and ingenuity that draws back the curtain on the making of some of the nation's greatest fortunes, and the rise and fall of an all-American industry as sordid as it was genteel"--Dust jacket.
Baker Berry VM23 .U37 2018

European navies and the conduct of war
James, Alan, 1965- author
Abingdon, Oxon ; Routledge, 2019
European Navies and princely power / Alan James -- The seventeenth century: a first age of modern naval warfare / Alan James -- Globalisation and escalation, 1715-1815 / Alan James -- The Vienna Settlement, 1815-1854 / Carlos Alfaro Zaforteza -- The collapse of the congress system / Carlos Alfaro Zaforteza -- The age of empire, 1870-1914 / Carlos Alfaro Zaforteza -- The First World War. blockade, neutrality, and the submarine / Carlos Alfaro Zaforteza -- 1919-1939, a time of fractured peace / Malcolm Murfett -- European Navies and the war at sea, 1939-42 / Malcolm Murfett -- Redemption, 1943-45 / Malcolm Murfett.

"European Navies and the Conduct of War considers the different contexts within which European Navies have operated over a period of 500 years culminating in World War Two, the greatest war ever fought at sea. Chronological in structure, the book is the ideal resource for students and scholars of naval and military history"--
Baker Berry VA450 .J36 2019