1953; Charles Scribner's Sons publishers, New York; illustrated with the Author's Photographs and Diagrams and Drawings by Harold A. Underhill; hardbound with blue boards and silver ship on cover; silver lettering (faded) on spine - see pic; book very good condition with clean pages and tight binding; no dust jacket; see pics; this is a quite rare book, appears unread.
Alan John Villiers (23 September 1903 – 3 March 1982) was an author, adventurer, photographer and mariner.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Villiers first went to sea at age 15 and sailed on board traditionally rigged vessels, including the full-rigged ship Joseph Conrad. He commanded square-rigged ships for films, including Moby Dickand Billy Budd. He also commanded the Mayflower II on its voyage from the United Kingdom to the United States.
Villiers wrote 44 books, and served as the Chairman of the Society for Nautical Research, a Trustee of the National Maritime Museum, and Governor of the Cutty Sark Preservation Society. He was awarded the British Distinguished Service Cross as a Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve during the Second World War.
Book Account -
"Being some account of the ultimate development of the ocean-going square-rigged sailing vessel, and the manner of her handling, her voyage-making, her personnel, her economics, her performance, and her end."
"This book is intended to make the big square-rigged sailing-ship comprehensible, now that all such vessels have disappeared from the commercial world and only school-hips remain..."