Explores the rich, complex relationship that Britons have had with the sea for thousands of years, and made their country the most successful maritime nation in modern history. Includes features on preserved ships, classic boats, museums and other notable sites both coastal and inland. At the end there is a list of 150 maritime attractions.
The book is published as part of the major SeaBritain 2005 initiative whose aim is to co-ordinate all the various events that are planned for the Trafalgar bicentennary and promote the role that the sea plays and has played in British culture. Partners include The National Maritime Museum, The National Trust, English Heritage, the RNLI, The Royal Yachting Association and the Official Nelson Commemorative Committee, among others, with the support of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Each of these organisations has made a committment to the promotion of this book.