Clippers, The ships that shaped the World by Daniel J Nolan
Given to me as a gift. I must admit, it’s not a book that I would normally buy. I understand the link though, living in Gosport, I have seen several tall ships come in to Portsmouth Harbour, and they are a magnificent sight, but they represent an era that is long gone (although we may see modern sailing ships in the future, plying commercial trade).
Clippers, as the title says is about the Clipper ships that plied trade around the world in the 19th Century. They were sleek and designed for speed, conveying cargo from China to the USA and Europe. They were renowned for delivering their cargos within record time.
I started reading the book last week just before my monthly magazines arrived, and resumed today. I’m only on Chapter one, the book is discussing the development of the Clipper Ship as a class. It is using many technical terms that I don’t understand, and am not bothering to look up as I don’t feel I need to have that level of understanding. The trouble is, how much will that detract from my enjoyment of the rest of the book? The story sounds interesting, but I’m not there yet.
That sounds like I’m on the verge of giving up on the book. Not quite. But it could be on the cards. I’m going to take it chapter by chapter, notwithstanding that Chapter one is a primer. I’ll report again on Chapter 2.