Except for the first few and last few pages, the water-going vessels depicted and analyzed in this fascinating book aren’t “boats” — they’re definitely ships. Ships made of wood, developed by tradition and experiment, hand-shaped, pegged together, and amazingly seaworthy. Moreover, what you see here is not merely technical drawings or models — though those are lovely — but recreations and reconstructions of the real thing, from a Viking longship and the Susan Constant (which made the 1607 voyage to Jamestown) to the Batavia and the Amsterdam, both Dutch East Indiamen. Also included in the analysis are several musuem ships, like the Charles W. Morgan, and purpose-built modern wooden vessels, like the Pride of Baltimore. This is a book all those intrigued by the history of sail power will want to own.