The Tall Ships
Harvey Frommer's Sports Book Review
(Tide-Mark Press, East
Hartford, Ct., paperback, $24.95, 185 pages)
Whether the Tall Ships turn you on, or
you just have a fleeting interest in them, this beautifully put together
book is just the one for you. As
the author Thaddeus Koza notes: "Whenever the call is sounded around
the world - from major ports of commerce to obscure havens from bad
weather - a vast cloud of sail on the horizon sparks the interest and
imagination of people everywhere."
Interest and imagination are sparked
on page after page of "The Tall Ships." Merging full color
photos and black and white sketches with detailed descriptions of each of
the ships, the book showcases more than 175 vessels including major class
"A" ships along with many class "B" and "C"
vessels from around the world.
"The Tall Ships" is a unique
guide that focuses, in Koza's phrase, on "wooden brigs and schooners
to modern steel -hulled barques and ships." An alphabetical
arrangement of the ships makes for easy reference. There is a photograph
of each vessel and images of details that range from figureheads and
binnacles to flags and rigging. In
adding to describing each featured ship, Koza relates its history and
notable events under sail. For true sailing zealots, technical data specs
are here as well. The author-photographer out of his favorite port of
call, Newport, Rhode Island
supplements his research with his own photos and insights gleaned from
sailing excursions on tall ships around the world.
There is just so much of interest
here: the Anna Kristina, shown coming up the Hudson River in all its glory
with the Twin Towers as backdrop. Built in 1889 in Kristiansand, Norway,
the Anna Kristina used some 600 trees from local pine forests for wood for
its keel and planking.
The elegant steel-hulled Fryderyk
Chopin built in 1992 and named for the Polish composer is an elegant brig
measuring 182 feet in length with masts that soar 125 feet above her deck.
The Sedov,a four-masted barque with 37
sails, is 79 years old. Flying
the flag of Russia, it is the largest tall ship still in service from the
days of deepwater cargo sailing.
The Mystic Whaler that sails with a
crew of five and accommodates some 35 guests was built in 1967 on the
design of traditional New England trading schooners. Coming out of its
home port in Mystic, Connecticut, the Mystic Whaler visits ports along the
Atlantic coast on day sails and does overnight cruises during the summer
These and many other tall ships are
given the up close and personal treatment in this smashing book by a man
who really knows his way around the deck. A clear index, a glossary, and a
list of maritime museums make this book a complete sailing package.
Bookends: From Tide-Mark Publishers
there is also - a "Tall Ships 2001 Calendar" by Thad Koza with
full color photos plus a "Play Ball! 2001 Calendar." Both retail
for $11.95 and are wonderful ways to watch the months go by. The baseball
calendar includes birthdays and stats for 3,750 players.
"Tales From the Red Sox
Dugout" by Jim Prime with Bill Nowlin (Sports Publishing, Inc.,
$19.95, 170 pages) is billed as a collection of the greatest Red Sox
stories ever told. The problem is they have been told and told and told.
For die-hard BoSox rooters this slim tome is required reading. For the
rest of us - optional.
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A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports
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"Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed REMEMBERING YANKEE
STADIUM was published in 2008 and his REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL
AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to
acclaim in 2011. The prolific Frommer is at work on When It Was
Just a Game, An Oral History on Super Bowel One.
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