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A Dream of Tall Ships

A museum is born 

Peter and Norma Stanford’s “A Dream of Tall Ships” (Sea History Press, $34.95) presents the story of how these New Yorkers in the 1960s became devoted to the idea of creating a maritime museum in Manhattan’s historic waterfront. The Stanfords secured old buildings in the Fulton Fish Market neighborhood to create the South Street Seaport Museum. The book recounts their struggle to preserve history as they built what is now a 12-block historic district on the site of the original port of New York City. The introduction is by maritime artist John Stobart.

February 2014 issue


Beer in the Bilges: Sailing Adventures in the South Pacific

A voyage to Polynesia

“Beer in the Bilges: Sailing Adventures in the South Pacific” is perhaps best described as a freewheeling chronicle of characters met while cruising (iUniverse, 370 pages, $14.90 on Amazon), written by sailing buddies Alan Boreham, Peter Jinks and Bob Rossiter.



Rough Passage to London: A Sea Captain’s Tale

High-seas drama

From what began as a research project on family history, former NBC News correspondent Robin Lloyd has crafted a rousing sea tale set on the North Atlantic in the 1800s.



Reckoning at Sea: Eye to Eye with a Gray Whale

A sailor’s nightmare

A year after a breaching gray whale landed on his 50-foot sailboat 60 miles off Mexico, Max Young has documented a voyage that ended in disaster.



Nautical Newport

Love letter to Newport

Marine photographer Onne van der Wal is considered one of the premier artists in his field. Born in Holland and raised largely in South Africa, van der Wal has made Newport, R.I., his home for years. His self-published photo book “Nautical Newport” is essentially a love letter to his adopted home.



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