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Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History

Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History is more than just a delight for lovers of the sea—it’s a virtual history of the world told through the boats and ships that effected how and where people lived, with whom they traded, the ideas they exchanged, and how they won and lost the battles that set the course of later generations and millennia.

Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History contains not only maritime marvels from ages past, but also some of the most iconic Australian and New Zealand watercraft. Included are the likes of Captain Cook’s historic HMS Endeavour and Greenpeace’s once flagship Rainbow Warrior. Beautifully illustrated with historic artwork and modern photography, it’s also a look into how men and women went to sea or down the river in every age and place.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardback | 227 x 170 mm / 9 x 7 ¾ Inches | Colour | 224 Pages | 

Ian Graham is a British author of popular science, technology, and history books. After taking a degree in applied physics and a postgraduate diploma in journalism at City University, London, he worked as a writer and editor in magazines before making the switch to books. He has worked as a freelance writer for more than 30 years. In that time, he has written and co-written more than 200 books on a wide range of topics including space exploration, aviation, transport, energy, communications, inventions, and military technology. He has also written crime fiction and graphic novels re-telling classic tales. In 2012 he was the joint winner of the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize and in 2014 he was shortlisted for the Educational Writers’ Award.

From the Stone Age to the present day, no technology has had a more lasting impact on mankind than watercraft. Boats and ships made possible the settlement and conquest of new worlds. They determined the victors of history-changing wars and aided the spread of new philosophies, technologies, and religions. Even today, virtually everything we purchase and consume—from petroleum and consumer electronics to the clothes we wear and much of the food we eat—depends upon seaborne trade.

Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History is more than just a delight for lovers of the sea—it’s a virtual history of the world told through the boats and ships that effected how and where people lived, with whom they traded, the ideas they exchanged, and how they won and lost the battles that set the course of later generations and millennia. Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History contains not only maritime marvels from ages past, but also some of the most iconic Australian and New Zealand watercraft. Included are the likes of Captain Cook’s historic HMS Endeavour and Greenpeace’s once flagship Rainbow Warrior. Beautifully illustrated with historic artwork and modern photography, it’s also a look into how men and women went to sea or down the river in every age and place.

North & South Magazine, November 2016
“Ridiculously absorbing – even for those who wouldn’t know a clipper from a carrack … A fascinating potted history of the world of ships.”


Oceans Magazine, November 2016
“Stories of the sea are steeped in romance and terror in equal measure…For every voyage that discovered exotic places, another ended on the sea bottom. Yet the ocean has long held an irresistible lure for pleasure, for food, for war and trade – and this handsome book charts 50 key vessels that have marked the progress of this passion. Just naming them evokes world changing events, for better or worse: Columbus’s Santa Maria, the Pilgrim Fathers’ Mayflower, Cook’s Endeavour, Darwin’s Beagle. Ian Graham assembles an impressive fleet that takes us from oars to sail, coal-fired to nuclear powered, and propellers to pods …”


Adelaide Advertiser, November 2016
“Stories of the sea are steeped in romance and terror in equal measure…For every voyage that discovered exotic places, another ended on the sea bottom. Yet the ocean has long held an irresistible lure for pleasure, for food, for war and trade – and this handsome book charts 50 key vessels that have marked the progress of this passion. Just naming them evokes world changing events, for better or worse: Columbus’s Santa Maria, the Pilgrim Fathers’ Mayflower, Cook’s Endeavour, Darwin’s Beagle. Ian Graham assembles an impressive fleet that takes us from oars to sail, coal-fired to nuclear powered, and propellers to pods.”


Australian Warship, November 2016
“a beautiful guide to fifty water vessels that played a key role in world history and had a great impact on human civilization. The text is highlighted by an excellent selection of photographs, paintings and ship plans.” – Read the full review here.


Australian Boat Magazine, October 2016
“All aboard for a fascinating journey through nautical history” – Read the full review here.


Australian National Maritime Association Newsletter, October 2016
“British author, Ian Graham, has brought to life the profound impact the technology of watercraft has had on mankind.”


The Daily Telegraph, October 2016
“With great colour illustrations it is a fascinating look at how ships have changed and how they have changed humanity”.


New Zealand Memories, September 2016
“Fascinating reading and beautifully illustrated with historic artwork and modern photography.”
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Beattie’s Book Blog, August 2016
“Girt by sea in our island home, this book will have a special resonance for New Zealanders keenly aware of the important role shipping played in our history and continues to play in our future.” 

Full blog post available here

North and South, December 2016

Great to see Fifty Ships front and centre for North and South’s best books this Christmas!
Click below to read the review.

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Radio Live NZ, November 2016
As apart of his Shipwreck Tales segment, John McCrystal had been delving into Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History with author Ian Graham. You can listen to every segment below!
Part 1: Here
Part 2: Here
Part 3: Here
Part 4: Here
Part 5: Here
Part 6: Here
Part 7: Here
Part 8: Here


Boating New Zealand, November 2016
Fifty Ships as featured in Boating New Zealand
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