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The Tall Ships

Harvey Frommer's Sports Book Review

by Harvey Frommer

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"The Tall Ships"

 by Thaddeus Koza

(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 season.

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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About the Author:

Harvey Frommer is in his  38th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and "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. 

His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, USA Today, Men's Heath, The Sporting News, among other publications.

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