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SHIPS OF THE REDWOOD COAST

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another volume in a series issued by this press which contribute to the history of transportation in this country. A very special item, this, dealing as it does with the ""seam schooners"" -- authentic West Coast term for the little wooden ships originally used primarily as lumber carriers, later converted into cargo vessels, and finally into as varied careers as gambling barges, tenders for fishing fleets, tankers, and garbage ships, before their final demise in the ships' graveyard, Rotten Row. The story is embellished with anecdotal and personal material about the skippers -- Scandinavians chiefly, the pilots in hazardous ""dog hole"" ports, the hazards of a rocky coast, and the competition with the steel vessels.

Publisher: Stanford Univ. Press