Boy’s Book of The Sea
IN this book of the sea, one may read strange stories of whale-hunts, 3 wrecks and fires, storms and cast tuna aways, and gallant rescues. Most of these stories are founded upon facts. Nothing more dramatic than the reality of the sea is possible in fiction, although the art of fiction may lend its aid in the telling of the tale.’
These pictures of the adventures encountered by those who go down to the sea in ships are of peculiar interest to American boys and girls; for in spite of the decay of American shipping, ours is a seafaring race. By inheritance and through the influence of the vast coastlines of the United States, Americans have come naturally to a use of the sea which bred the fishermen and traders of colonial times and the hardy sailors of the Revolution and 1812.
Soon after the latter war the once with the Black -Ball line in 1816 , and for a period approaching a quarter of a century the packets carried transatlantic passengers until the use of steam drove them from the ocean. But another brilliant era in American shipping came with the building of the clipper ships, from 1840 to 1855— ships designed especially for speed in traffic with the Orient.