Whether you have your own boat, are a casual ship spotter or a professional sailor, we have the perfect pick for you in our selection of brilliant boat books. We have books about all kinds of boats and ships, big and small, and lots of guides on the history of watercraft. Whatever type of boat fan you are, we have loads of interesting books on all things nautical. Here are our best books for boaters and sailors.
This classic book on narrow boats, first published in 1944, is all about how L.T.C. Rolt and his wife adapted to life on a narrow boat called Cressy, moving through the waters of the Midlands. Narrow Boat is a celebration of boating and the beauty of the British countryside. This reissued edition comes with a foreword by Jo Bell, former Canal Laureate, and stunning new illustrations.
This slick boating book is all about the most luxurious cruise ships the world has to offer. Iwein Maassen takes you inside 20 of the most exclusive cruise ships with beautiful photography and provides insights into all the facts surrounding the history and making of these stunning ships. There is also a guide to nautical terminology and key ports to give you as much information about luxury cruise ships as possible.
With stunning photographs and illustrations, Ian Graham's book showcases the most important ships in history, from the Stone Age to present day. Get an overview of the many ways ships have been used for transport, trade and war, and how they are still necessary for our world trade today. Fifty Ships That Changed the Course of History is an eye-opening look at the evolution of sea travel and the importance of watercraft.
This fun little book tells the story of Steve Haywood's cat, Kit, who has joined him on his narrowboat, Justice. Kit is an unlikely companion on Steve's mission to investigate the lost countryside of Britain, though her attitude makes things a bit tricky! Follow Steve and Kit as they explore the world around them from their narrowboat in this fun, unusual boating book.
Angus Konstam's fascinating Ship Spotter's Guide focuses on the importance of ships throughout history. Starting with the boats of the Ancient Greeks and moving through to pirate ships and modern submarines, all the most interesting warfare ships of the past are included in this brilliant book. Featuring intricate artwork and technical details about 40 key ships, there is much to learn from this handy guide.
The old Port of London, now the Docklands financial centre, has had an interesting history. Its use began in the Roman times, as explorers would voyage out from the port to discover new lands. Over time the port became invaluable in the making of London as a thriving city and by the 1800s London became the world's best port city. Discover more of this fascinating history in Peter Stone's unique book, perfect for boat and history fans alike.
John Sergeant and David Bartley
Discover the beauty of Britain with David Bartley and John Sergeant in this stunning book. With various illustrations, photographs and maps showing you the best canal routes to try out yourself, there is so much to take from this great boat book. Detailing the contributions of the people that have created the canal network, there is little that isn't covered in this beautiful insight into the joys of the British waterways.
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