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I know that some of us here are nautically inclined. What historically interests you about the history of Navies, merchants, or any other maritime history?

For me it's the policy of Prize money that the Royal Navy had. At the time it could gain a small fortune for a crew.
08-23-2014 08:31 PM
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Ship design and construction has always interested me. The different philosophies that different navies have used and how it affected their ship design.
08-23-2014 09:53 PM
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I've always found the competition between the Royal Navy and the French Navy interesting, especially the ideologies surrounding the firing on the upward versus downward roll.


Also, the Regina Marina in the Second World War.
08-23-2014 09:58 PM
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The Chinese were the first to use oars (first depicted in 6000 BC), stern mounted rudders for navigation and propulsion (first described in the 6th dynasty 2350–2200 BC), leeboards to prevent leeward drift from the wind (first depicted in 300 BC[/i]), compasses for navigation(first described during the Han dynasty 202 BC-220 AD), center stayed masts with movable saids (first described in 200 AD), the fishing reel (first described in the 4th Century AD), build ships with bulkheads (first described in the 5th Century AD[/i]), as well as the first sea mines (first described in 1311 AD).

China also had the first canals and locks (first documented in the 6th Century AD).
08-24-2014 09:10 AM
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I love reading about sailing in the Age(s) of Exploration. Captain Cook. The Bounty. Magellan. The Portuguese exploration of the Indonesian archipelago in the early 1500s.

I also enjoy reading about castaways. I recently read a number of articles about the General Grant which shipwrecked on the Auckland Islands of the south coast of New Zealand in 1866.
08-25-2014 10:32 AM
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Longitude (about the discovery of the first method allowing the accurate determination of longitude) was an interesting read, but most of it isn't on a boat.
08-25-2014 12:00 PM
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I’m currently reading The Affair of the Somers.
it’s the event that inspired Melville’s Billy Budd.
08-25-2014 01:22 PM
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(08-25-2014 12:00 PM)jh Wrote:  Longitude (about the discovery of the first method allowing the accurate determination of longitude) was an interesting read, but most of it isn't on a boat.

There's a movie on this (I think BBC made).

I've always been fascinated with ships and their construction, especially battleships and battlecruisers, and in particular WWI and WWII German, Italian and Japanese ships.
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(08-25-2014 01:52 PM)49RFootballNow Wrote:  
(08-25-2014 12:00 PM)jh Wrote:  Longitude (about the discovery of the first method allowing the accurate determination of longitude) was an interesting read, but most of it isn't on a boat.

There's a movie on this (I think BBC made).

I've always been fascinated with ships and their construction, especially battleships and battlecruisers, and in particular WWI and WWII German, Italian and Japanese ships.

The movie starred Jeremy Irons as a present day person bent on restoring the original chronometer.
08-25-2014 03:20 PM
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I'm interested in ancient sailing traditions that predate the historic 'Age of Sail.' For instance, did the Chinese circumnavigate the globe and if so, what map did they use? Or those SE Asian Island cultures that decided to brave the Pacific on what were little more than rafts to reach Hawaii and the Americas.
08-26-2014 03:06 PM
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