Boats, Boffins and Bowlines: The Stories of Sailing Inventors and Innovations (Paperback)
Which woman made the first solo transatlantic crossing? Who saved thousands of lives with the invention of navigation lights? What is the story behind the invention of the compass?Many of us know the story of modern sailing pioneers - Dame Ellen MacArthur and Francis Chichester, Claire Francis and the challengers of the Americas Cup - but what about those unsung heroes who invented the mechanisms and technology which enabled sailors to speed across the oceans and navigate more safely. From cloud classification and screw propellers to radio telephones and the measurement of tides, this collection of stories will inspire and intrigue sailors everywhere.
About the Author
GEORGE DROWER is a writer and historian, and the author of Gardeners, Gurus and Grubs: the stories of Garden Inventors and Innovations and Heligoland (both The History Press). He has raced at Cowes, Burnham and in the North Sea. He lives in London.
"An informative and entertaining tribute to sailing's unsung heroes and heroines." —Maritime Journal