A collection of the sea s folklore from Europe, North America, and the West Indies Legends, songs, superstitions, and stories both true and apocryphal includes spectral ships, pirates, mermaids, and much Let us mourn the newly out of print status of this book All books should be this good Folklore and the Sea , my friend, I will love you until the day I die They changed your cover from something beautiful to something generic, and now they have done to you the wickedest betrayal May you haunt us like the sailors of the sea floor and their wives at the cliffs.A surprisingly academic look at legends and seagoing subjects, from the subject of what kind of woods go into boat building around the Let us mourn the newly out of print status of this book All books should be this good Folklore and the Sea , my friend, I will love you until the day I die They changed your cover from something beautiful to something generic, and now they have done to you the wickedest betrayal May you haunt us like the sailors of the sea floor and their wives at the cliffs.A surprisingly academic look at legends and seagoing subjects, from the subject of what kind of woods go into boat building around the world and speculations as to why one area might use a certain type of wood, in Ireland, knees are made of apple wood because it keeps the feary folk away to seamonsters and why so many locals have similar creatures Who knew that seals were enchanted people wearing a magical skin that allowed them to live underwater Focuses mostly on Celtic and Northeast Americas, and is written engagingly Plus, has cute little goofy photos of the author and his grandchildren and crazy old Irish sailors whom he s met Exhaustingly researched, charmingly written, this book is hours upon hours of joy ranging from the sea s slogs to it s academia Beck never lets his writing get dry, and his own love for the sea bubbles through the murk This book wasn t what I thought it was going to be, but oh so much better Massive Even jumping around from chapter to chapter, this will take forever to slog through Fabulous I love good research. I removed the start and end dates from this reading because, like folklore itself, the beginnings and endings of this book are not so easily identified It s a treasure trove rather than a treasure, a horde of valuables that only a lifetime of immersion could produce This is a book for anyone interested in strange information, well shared I ordered it at random, looking for something to supplement my own writings research, and have spent the past three years picking pages at random or startin I removed the start and end dates from this reading because, like folklore itself, the beginnings and endings of this book are not so easily identified It s a treasure trove rather than a treasure, a horde of valuables that only a lifetime of immersion could produce This is a book for anyone interested in strange information, well shared I ordered it at random, looking for something to supplement my own writings research, and have spent the past three years picking pages at random or starting at a new chapter afresh I have yet to be disappointed in the result I read somewhere that it has since gone out of print, which is at once a shame and an inevitable phase of such a book It passes into a type of history of its own, to be shared by those who d been fortunate enough to get their hands on it while it lived Top marks to Mr Horace Beck