Best Books on shipping mail/news/orders/etc?
July 18, 2014 9:33 AM   Subscribe

What is the best book on the history of sending mail, news, orders and other information by ship?
posted by michaelh to Media & Arts (1 answer total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Hmm, tricky. What you really want is a cross between Uncommon Carriers (a part of which might help you) and Looking for a Ship. There's also some good stuff in the histories on New York City newspapers; they talk a lot about the boats and transatlantic news. There was basically an arms race for better and faster boats to get news off the ships coming in from Europe. A Magazine of Her Own touches on this too. More relevantly but specifically American, and I haven't read it, but The Way Of The Ship looks great.
posted by RJ Reynolds at 1:10 PM on July 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

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