Maritime history is the foundation for maritime strategy. This book is a step towards writing a definitive maritime history of India.
The book contains well-researched articles contributed by the expert nautical archeologist, maritime historians and navigators. The papers deal with ancient ships and shipping, maritime trade contacts of Harappans with the Mesopotamians, later Indian ports in international trade, pottery and ceramics to study the movement of goods, relative technologies of the western and Indian seafarers, vital aspects in fields of shipbuilding, sailing outfits, cannon making, navigation and producing the national infrastructure to support a maritime industry, sociological factors prevalent in Indian mariners, pioneering work and foundation of nautical ethnography, practical uses of the stellar compass and importance and status of maritime heritage researches in the Indian ocean.
Report on the excavation of an ancient shipwreck, Princes Royal, in the Arabian sea, demonstrates India?s preparedness to search, study and preserve her underwater cultural heritage. Profusely illustrated this book would prove interesting to all archeologists, mariners, historians, nautical engineers, students as well as common readers.