This is an account of humanity's progression from the first dug-out canoe to the great ocean liners and modern warships of the modern age. It provides biographies of great names in naval history, plans of famous ships down the ages, and traces developments in construction materials. Historic voyages of Cook and Columbus are also described and their significance examined, and the future of ships in the nuclear age is discussed.
Bernard Ireland recently retired from the Ministry of Defence where he worked on a number of Anglo-French projects. Now a fulltime author, he is a fluent French speaker and an internationally acknowledged expert on military history.