by Maynard Bray Never before has such a comprehensive compilation of watercraft in a musum collection been published. The Mystic Seaport Museum watercraft collection, largest in the United States, is a treasury of Northeastern vessel types. Not simply a collection of boats, it is also tangible evidenxe of a practical art form: the shaping of wood into useful and aesthetic watercraft. The National Endowment for the Arts recognized the significance of the collection when it helped fund publications of this catalog. Maynard Bray, noted expert on wooden ship restoration and Supervisor of the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport from 1969 to 1975, embarked on this catalog while investigating the craft in the collection. His original idea has been expanded to include the large vessels, reproductions of traditional small craft built at the Seaport, and the workboats used to maintain the floating collection. Mystic Seaport Museum Watercraft features the 220 craft in the collection, with complete descriptions, 434 illustrations, selected plans, and supplementary reading lists. For easy reference, the vessels are arranged in four categories, according to power source. The entire volume is meticulously indexed. For the historian, the boatbuilder, and for those who appreciate fine craftsmanship, this book will provide hours of pleasure and will serve as a continuing reference.
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