The History of American Sailing Ship with over 200 illustrations by Howard I. Chapelle 1982 Bonanza Books

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We are introducing "The History of American Sailing Ships," a vintage 1982 book by Howard I. Chapelle. This tome delves into the rich tapestry of American maritime history with over 200 illustrations by the author, George C. Wales, and Henry Rusk.

The book's significance lies in its detailed account of the evolution of sailing ships in America. It provides readers with an authoritative glimpse into the nation's maritime legacy.


  • Title: The History of American Sailing Ships 
  • Publication Date: 1982
  • Publisher: Bonanza Books
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 400
  • Dimensions: 10x8x1 inches
  • Language: English
  • Condition: The cover shows wear, and the previous owner's initials are on the inside page. Please view the photos. 

Key elements:

  • This book invites readers to explore the captivating narrative of America's sailing ships, offering a voyage from the colonial period to the advent of sailing yachts. Its pages bring to life the ingenuity and adventure that characterize America's maritime history.
  • "The History of American Sailing Ships" is a unique window into the past. It presents a comprehensive overview of the naval craft that played pivotal roles in shaping the country. The book's scholarly detail and extensive illustrations underscore its value as an educational resource.

We invite you to delve deeper into the fascinating world of vintage novels, particularly those that chronicle the history of American sailing. This book promises to ignite a passion for maritime history and vintage literature and offer endless avenues for exploration and discovery.


We recommend exploring our Vintage Boating Book Collection for more insightful books on vintage marine life. Each book offers a unique perspective on the sea's storied past, complementing "The History of American Sailing Ships" wonderfully.

Wrapping Up:

"The History of American Sailing Ships" is more than a book; it's a treasure trove of maritime history, inviting readers into the heart of America's naval heritage. Its blend of authoritative content, beautiful illustrations, and historical insight makes it a must-have for enthusiasts and collectors alike.


The vintage items I share with you have been previously owned and loved. As is typical for vintage pieces, they may show some wear. Please use the pictures as a guide. If you have any questions or need more photos, ask.

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