While this book is intended is intended for all who love boats, ships, history, and nautical lore, it is also designed as a definitive source of high-quality, royalty-free images for use by artists, graphic designers, desktop publishers, ad agencies, and more. This collection of 681 wood engravings includes striking examples of some of the world's most beautiful boats and ships. Among the many famous vessels in this volume are Columbus's ships, the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria; King Henry's VIII's Great Harry; the Pilgrim Fathers' Mayflower; Henry Hudson's Half Moon; King Charles I's Sovereign of the Seas; Captain Cook's Discovery; the HMS Bellerophon; Fulton's Clermont; and the Great Eastern. Among famous naval battles shown are the conflict at Actium, the invasion of the Spanish Armada, Dutch-English engagements in the 17th century, Anson's Centurion capturing a Spanish treasure ship, Nelson's victory at Trafalgar, Perry's triumph at Lake Erie, and the Civil War ironclad contest between the Monitor and the Merrimac. This volume includes a wide variety of vessels: rowboats, funeral barges, Venetian gondolas, catamarans, Native American canoes, Chinese junks, tugboats, canal boats, barges, yachts, brigs, barks, sloops, skiffs, catboats, various kinds of vessels used for fishing and whaling, ships in distress, and more. There are also examples of nautically related material: navigational instruments, diving suits and helmets, lighthouses, canal locks, dry docks, the Suez Canal, helmsmen, ship captains, seamen at work, deck scenes, and interiors of boats. taken from rare sources — depict primitive canoes, a Roman galley, ship figureheads, naval battles, dock scenes, lighthouses, pirate ships, steam-powered battleships, and a wealth of other subjects. Brief captions identify pictures, which are arranged chronologically. Features over 600 black-and-white illustrations from rare sources, arranged chronologically.