From the eclipse of the galley in the 16th century until the widespread introduction of steam propulsion in the mid-19th century, the sailing ship was the major instrument of maritime power. The Age of Sail annual explores all aspects of maritime history during this period. Although the fundamentals of the sailing ship changed little in these years, advances in design and construction refined the form. Changes occurred in strategy, administration and fighting tactics. Major expeditions of exploration were undertaken, while the seafaring community as a whole underwent profound changes. Containing reviews, notes and queries, a gallery and a section specifically to publish important original documents, and edited by the distinguished naval historian Nicholas Tracy, The Age of Sail will be the premier resource for the historian and naval enthusiast as well as the general reader. Themes examined include: ship development and construction, modern restoration and reconstruction, maritime strategy, naval campaigns, fighting tactics, social life, naval infrastructure, maritime finance and insurance, exploration, merchant shipping, maritime art and archaeology.
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Dr Nicholas Tracy is a naval historian and strategic consultant and has taught at the University of New Brunswick, Canada, and at the National University of Singapore. He is the author of Nelson's Battles, and edited the late Brian Tunstall's opus, Naval Warfare in the Age of Sail. Martin Robson is Project Editor at Conway Maritime Press and a Caird Senior Research Fellow at the National Maritime Museum, where he is examining 'The Royal Navy and Lisbon, 1793-1815'.
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