Beginning with the Aircraft Carrier with its ""large smooth deck, that would be wonderful for bike riding or roller skating"" and ending with the Zulu, a Scottish fishing boat with t masts, this alphabetically arranged collection of boat and ship descriptions takes its title quite literlly. Short paragraphs written in large type suitable for easy reading capture the essential characteristics of each type of vessel. The Xebec (""you say the X like , Z""), had as a function as a name. Before it carried passengers and cargo peaceably across the Mediterranean, it was used by raiding pirates. Ancient sailing vesse such as this as well as more modern ones like the Nuclear Ship are here covered.