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Warships, the embodiment of power, speed and grace in naval architecture, have always been the most photogenic of maritime subjects. Everyone interested in naval history is thrilled by images of these charismatic vessels, whether at sea, in action, or simply portrayed in all their glorious detail at anchor. From the very earliest days of photography the public appetite for warship pictures has been satisfied by specialist businesses dedicated to the subject. Whether individual cameramen like the brilliant American Edward Steichen, or companies like Wright & Logan and Marius Bar, their names are familiar to every enthusiast. However, this is the first book to trace systematically the history of these photographers, wherever they were based, looking at how and when they operated and evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of their work. It is illustrated with a large, but very carefully selected, collection of outstanding photographs - some of the greatest pictures of warships ever taken - arranged to demonstrate the developing art of naval photography across a century and a half. Not just a feast for the eyes, the book's reference value is enhanced by appendices covering topics like the photographers' favourite locations, naval postcard publishers and present-day collections, archives and websites. For anyone interested in naval photos - and that includes most warship enthusiasts - this book is a must.