Slave ships, long boats, warships, yachts, whalers, clipper ships---all are included in this fresh and well-told history of great sailing vessels from the time of the Vikings onward. Each chapter tells of a different phase in this long, colorful review. Columbus and his Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria are seen on that grueling, terror-ridden first voyage to the New World. The author then takes us aboard the Spanish galleons as they lumber toward England; onto the pirate Revenge; with Nelson on the Victory; and right on to the last proud time of sail, the Yankee clippers as they flew across oceans in record time. Much of this material of course has been covered in countless other volumes, but the present writer manages to bring new life to it, create a fascinating pattern for the modern reader. Compilation of sea classics included at the end.