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Turn of the Century Sailing

I belong to a small Victorian Society where I live and I've been thinking of doing a presentation/discussion on sailing in that era. Would any of you history buffs want to help with some links to lifestyle and sailing during those times?
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Ran across this:

https://karleeaturner.wordpress.com/welcome/

http://www.angelpig.net/victorian/cowes.html
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My mothers mother was a Victorian I would not recomend it as a way to be brought up. Very restrictve, cold not good for a child to be raised in that enviroment
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Denise,
If you are interested in this period of American life and sailing you should read this book: Amazon.com: The Boy, Me, and the Cat (9781589762268): Henry Plummer: Books
It has a good bit to say about the Raritan Canal that used to run to the Delaware above Philly and its a good read.
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Found this on the net,


Guide to Sailing Ship Rigs Infosheet

Hope its relevent.
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Just about any book about the America's Cup during that period would provide fascinating insights. "Temple to the Wind" by Christopher Pastore is perhaps one of the best for the information you seek. It goes into the technology of the period, the manufacturing processes, the social scenes in both the U.S. and England, and does a particularly fine job detailing the interaction of real people through their letters and actions. The sailing is good too.
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thank you everyone! I'll ck out everything you've posted here!
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I hope you do. I can't stress how much fun the Henry Plummer book "Me, the Boy and the Cat" is.
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This inspirational journal with an unlikely cast traces a metaphysical trip down the east coast of the United States at the turn of the twentieth century in a small Cat boat. The author and main antagonist uses language and terms which are of a bygone era. The author turns out to have a way with words which matches his practical sense and boating abilities. What seems to be the start of a routine sail down the coast turns out to be anything but. Shipwrecked off the Carolina's he and his son rebuild their craft to continue the journey to their final destination, just in time to turn around and return. As he puts it so well "Good thing to get scared up now and then. Sort of gets you used to the feeling and helps you to keep yourself in hand.. Wouldn't give much for a man who says he was never scared, as it simply means he is either a fool or has never been properly tried out. H. Plummer (author)
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