Author(s): Ian Graham
From the Stone Age to the present day, no technology has had a more profound impact on mankind than watercraft. Boats and ships made possible the settlement and conquest of new worlds. They determined the victors of history-changing wars and aided the spread of new philosophies, technologies, and religions. Even today, virtually everything we purchase and consume-from petroleum and consumer electronics to the clothes we wear and much of the food we eat-depends upon seaborne trade. Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History is more than just a delight for lovers of the sea-it's a virtual history of the world told through the boats and ships that influenced how and where people lived, with whom they traded, the ideas they exchanged, and how they won and lost the battles that set the course of later generations and millennia. Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History contains not only maritime marvels from ages past, but also some of the most iconic Australian and New Zealand watercraft. Included are the likes of Captain Cook's HMS Endeavour and Greenpeace's once flagship Rainbow Warrior. Beautifully illustrated with historic artwork and modern photography, it's also a guide to how men and women went to sea or down the river in every age and place.
Ian Graham has a degree in applied physics and postgraduate diploma in journalism. He has written and co-written over 200 books on popular science, technology and history. He was joint winner of the 2012 Royal Society Young People's Book Prize and shortlisted for the 2014 Educational Writers' Award.
Introduction 1. Pharoah Khufu's Solar Barge (2566 BCE) 2. The Trireme (600 BCE) 3. The Nydam Ship (315 CE) 4. Isis (4th century CE) 5. Mora (1066) 6. Zheng He's Treasure Ships (early 1400s) 7. Santa Maria (1460) 8. Mary Rose (1511) 9. Victoria (1519) 10. Mayflower (1580) 11. HMS Endeavour (1764) - Australia New Zealand 12. HMS Victory (1765) 13. HMS Sirius (1780) - Australia 14. Clermont (North River Steamboat) (1807) 15. SS Savannah (1818) 16. HMS Beagle (1820) - Australia 17. Amistad (1836) 18. SS Great Britain (1843) - Australia 19. HMS Rattler (1843) 20. America (1851) - Australia 21. HMS Challenger (1858) - Australia New Zealand 22. Gloire (1859) 23. USS Monitor (1862) - Australia 24. Cutty Sark (1869) - Australia 25. Fram (1892) 26. Spray (1892) - Australia 27. USS Oregon (1893) 28. USS Holland (1897) 29. Potemkin (1900) 30. HMS Dreadnought (1906) 31. RMS Lusitania (1906) 32. RMS Titanic (1911) 33. U-21 (1913) 34. SS Normandie 35. Bismarck (1939) 36. HMS Illustrious (1939) 37. SS Patrick Henry (1941) 38. Yamato (1940) 39. RV Calypso (1942) 40. USS Missouri (1944) 41. Kon-Tiki (1947) - Australia 42. SS Ideal X (1944/1955) 43. USS Nautilus (1954) 44. Rainbow Warrior (1955) - New Zealand 45. NS Lenin (1957) 46. SS Torrey Canyon (1959) 47. USS Enterprise (1960) 48. DSV Alvin (1964) 49. Glomar Explorer (1972) 50. MS Allure of the Seas (2009) Bibliography Index Image Credits/A Note on Tonnage