A mammoth ""do"" of American Vessels ""on the high seas & inland waters"" from early Indian canoes to superliners, by a well known commercial writer with the assistance of his wife's photography and picture editing. Done in the same pattern as his Pictorial History of American Sports, this has a sprightly, not-too- informative running commentary of text, and a multitude of illustrations- wherein its value lies. Canoes, Viking ships, Columbus' sail boats launch you. From here it's clear sailing through almost 300 pages of deeds, innovations, events, inventions and of course the personalities who carried them off- over the period from 1500 to the present- years that saw the coming and the going of the clipper, the freebooters, the China Trade, wheelers and the canal era, our young navy, slavers, steamboats, the Monitor and the Merrimac- on down to the battle for Okinawa- with side voyages into modern sailboat racing and the thumbnail histories of such lone dogs as Joshua Slocum who sailed the globe solo in his Spray. A swell gift for anyone with the tiniest grain of salt.