The Sailor's Word-Book : An Alphabetical Digest of Nautical Terms

The Sailor's Word-Book : An Alphabetical Digest of Nautical Terms

Description

Admiral William Henry Smyth (1780-1865) went to sea at an early age, becoming a sailor and surveyor with the East India Company, and later moving to Mediterranean waters. A founding member of the Royal Geographical Society in 1830, he spent much of his free time engaged in scientific pursuits. One of his final projects was this 'word-book' of nautical terminology, which he had been compiling throughout his career, and whose publication was eagerly anticipated by his fellow naval officers. Although Smyth died before it was published in 1867, his notes were edited by his family and revised by Sir Edward Belcher (1799-1877). Ranging from technical terminology to sailors' slang, Smyth's glossary contains more than 700 pages of definitions, arranged alphabetically, making it an indispensable source on nineteenth-century nautical vocabulary for both maritime historians and sailing aficionados.


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Details

Author(s)
William Henry Smyth, Sir Edward Belcher
Format
Paperback | 756 pages
Dimensions
140 x 216 x 42mm | 940g
Publication date
22 Aug 2013
Publisher
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reissue
ISBN10
1108061672
ISBN13
9781108061674
Bestsellers rank
2,585,242