By George Drower

ISBN-10: 075093364X

ISBN-13: 9780750933643

ISBN-10: 075246065X

ISBN-13: 9780752460659

the girl who made the 1st solo transatlantic crossing, the discovery of navigation lighting fixtures, the tale at the back of the discovery of the compass, how Francis Beaufort devised the Beaufort wind scale, and why William Petty invented the catamaran in 1662—it's all in right here, and masses extra Many crusing and naval heritage buffs comprehend the tale of recent crusing pioneers, yet what approximately these unsung heroes who invented the mechanisms and know-how which enabled sailors to hurry around the oceans and navigate extra correctly? This interesting ebook finds the extreme tales at the back of the equipment which many take with no consideration. Readers will learn the way the Frenchman Boulanger produced the 1st binoculars in 1859, allowing sailors to secret agent landmarks extra successfully; and the way William Armstrong earned sailors' gratitude by means of devising the yacht winch. From cloud category and screw propellers to radio phones and the size of tides, from the sextant to the 1st fiberglass boat, this choice of tales, with a foreword through Ben Ainslie, Olympic gold medal winner, will encourage and intrigue sailors and would-be sailors everywhere.

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