Robert H. Smith's

Guides to Maritime Museums

Here, once again, is the one essential maritime museum guide.  Sought by all lovers of maritime history, of ships, canals, and the sea, Robert H. Smith gives details on more than 650 maritime, lighthouse, and canal lock museums in the North American Continent. 

The guide describes essential information such as location, directions for motorists, telephone, fax, and e-mail numbers, visiting hours, and collection highlights history of the institutions.  Also included are special activities such as lectures and film shows, admission policies, and gift shops. 

Several elaborately cross-referenced indexes will guide the reader to any area of special interest such as geographical locations, location by state, specialized interest index which includes submarines, ships, scrimshaw, research libraries and photographic collections.

The sixth update guide has been reformatted into a double-column, spiral bound — for easy use — guide and includes a CD with over 400 photographic images of maritime, canal, canal lock, and lighthouse museums, ships, boats, and maritime artifacts.  The CD will be in a sleeve inside the back cover. 

Ordering Information
The retail price is $19.95.
P.O. Box 176
Del Mar, CA 92014-0176

Clinton's Ditch

One of the fastest-growing areas of interest in America is our maritime history — from shipwrecks and military vessels to Native American navigation, the adventure and lure of the sea, lakes, and rivers is attracting people in droves.  But one of the most important events in America’s history was the opening of the 367-mile Erie Canal from Buffalo, New York, all the way to Albany.  And then, the final 150-miles from Albany down the Hudson River to New York City. 

Clinton’s Ditch: The Erie Canal – 1825 is a short history of the development of the canal identifying the Father of the Canal, De Witt Clinton, the good times and the difficult times he had politically in bringing the Erie Canal into being. 

The Erie Canal was the birth of New York City’s prominence in the world for goods and products both east and west, and the transportation of people from all over the world into the middle of the United States.  Thousands and thousands of people traveled the Erie Canal and in Clinton’s Ditch: The Erie Canal – 1825, one can learn how it was developed and became so very important to commerce even before it was completed and from then on.

Your copy of this story will enhance your knowledge and experience of this historical event.

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C Books Publishers

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Here is what some reviewers and experts have said about his maritime museum guides:

"As a frequent maritime museum visitor, I highly recommend this great new guide by Robert H. Smith."

Wally Schirra, Captain USN (Retired) and former astronaut

"Robert H. Smith has done a remarkable job in compiling this museum guide, and I highly recommend it for the maritime buff."

Clifford D. Mallory, Jr., Mystic Seaport Museum

"Whether your interest is ships or history, you will appreciate (this guide). Even if you're not traveling, this is a handy reference and also interesting reading."

Jack Reber
San Diego Union-Tribune

"We are placing copies of this comprehensive guide on our member boats and have received scores of compliments. Thank You!"

Chris Tucker, SailTime Sailing