List of Books

List of Books we have in our Maritime Library

Unfortunately, we do not operate a lending library, but do check with your local library or peruse the book offerings online to see if the books you are interested in are currently available.

Books about Sea Shanties and Songs of the Sea

Chanteying Aboard American Ships - Frederick Pease Harlow
Lake Rhymes - Folk Songs of the Great Lake Region - Lee & Joann Murdock
Salt-Water Poems & Ballads - John Masefield
Sea Songs and Shanties - Collected by Captain W.B. Whall
Shanties and Sailor's Songs - Stan Hugill
Shanties from the Seven Seas - Collected by Stan Hugill
Sing Shanties & Songs About the Sea - Compiled by the Sing Shanties Songbook Committee
Songs of the Sailor - Compiled and Edited by Glenn Grasso
Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman - William M. Doerflinger
Songs of the Sea - Stan Hugill
The Revels Book of Chantey and Sea Songs - John Langstaff & George Emlen
What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor?: Unexpurgated Sea Chanties - Douglas Morgan
Worth the Singin' - the Tom Lewis Songbook - Tom Lewis

Bibliographies: Shanties (extensive list, last updated 1997)

Maritime Books

A History of Seamanship - Douglas Phillips-Birt
Castaway & Wrecked - Rex Cowan
Far & Away - Alexa Chipman
Folklore & the Sea - Horace Beck
Frigate Surprise - Geoff Hunt, Brian Lavery & Nikolai Tolstoy
Lady Washington - Alexa Chipman
Marlinspike Sailor - Hervey Garrett Smith
Origins of Sea Terms - John G. Rogers
Pacific Graveyard - James Gibbs, Jr.
Sailors - George Goldsmith-Carter
Sea Chest (plans) - Tim Whitten
Sea Stories - Tony Tamer
Seamanship in the Age of Sail - John Harland
The Ashley Book of Knots - Clifford W. Ashley
The Great Story of Whales - Georges Blond
The Last Sailor - Neil Hollander & Harald Mertes
The Tall Voyages - Claire Rankin
Two Years Before the Mast - Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
West Coast Windjammer - Jim Gibbs

Rare and Out of Print Maritime Books

Great Sailing Ships - Franco Giorgetti
Great Stories of the Sea & Ships - Wyeth
Hail, Columbia! - John Scofield
Kedge Anchor - William Brady
Maritime Design - David Cordingly
Roll and Go - Songs of the American Sailormen - Bobbs-Merrill (1924)
The Ship - Retracing Captain Cook's Endeavor Voyage - Simon Baker
The Whale (Moby-Dick) - Herman Melville
Young Sea Officer's Sheet Anchor - Darcy Lever

About Port Townsend

Images of America - Port Townsend - Jefferson County Historical Society

If you have books to recommend, please email us at singshanties (at)

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