Travel Guides

The Fyddeye Guide to America’s Maritime Museums (Release 9/13/2021)

Do you love to visit museums wherever you travel? Do you like learning about the sea and ships? The Fyddeye Guide to America’s Maritime Museums is your ticket to the most fascinating historical museums that focus on our country’s relationship with the sea. From Alaska to Florida, you’ll discover museums and sites range from World War II aircraft carriers to displays of small pleasure craft. Visit the cramped spaces of submarines or view beautiful works of maritime art and models of famous ships. Many museums have special educational programs to teach lost sailing and boatbuilding skills. Priced at $9.95 for the print version. just $0.99 for the ebook.

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  • Listings arranged alphabetically by state
  • Brief museum description and mission
  • Physical address, phone, website, and email address
  • Visiting hours and ticket prices (always call ahead before visiting)
  • Latitude and longitude for GPS devices

The Fyddeye Guide to America’s Veteran Warships (Release 8/16/2021)

Are you a military veteran, history buff, or just curious about America’s maritime history? The Fyddeye Guide to America’s Veteran Warships is the perfect way to explore more than 500 ships and small craft that played a role in the defense and development of the United States. You’ll discover US Navy capital ships, such as aircraft carriers and battleships, that fought fascism on two oceans and preserved our freedoms. US Coast Guard vessels performed rescues, enforced the law, and warned mariners from dangerous shoals. The country’s collection of tall ships preserve maritime skills and culture. Just $17.95 for print, $2.99 for the ebook.

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  • Nearly 250 naval vessels from the late 18th century to the mid-20th century
  • Aircraft carriers, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, submarines, supply ships, and small craft
  • Commercial cargo ships, tugboats, towboats, lightships, and specialized boats
  • Dozens of two and three-masted tall ships offering brief excursions, day trips and longer voyages
  • Each listing contains a short description of the vessel, its location, contact information, website, hours and ticket prices. Many vessels are free to board!
  • Notes on whether the vessel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and/or designated a National Historic Landmark

With a foreword by maritime archaeologist and curator Nathaniel Howe

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The Fyddeye Guide to America’s Lighthouses

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The Fyddeye Guide to America’s Lighthouses makes your travel planning easier by showing you hundreds of fascinating lighthouses you can visit today on the east coast, Great Lakes, Gulf Coast, and the west coast, including Alaska and Hawaii. From remote islands in Maine to the metropolises of southern California, you’ll discover the towering historic structures that have inspired travelers for millennia. You can get close to virtually all America’s lighthouses, and many allow you to climb to the top and stay as long as a month in historic buildings. Just $17.95 for traditional print, or $2.99 for the ebook.

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  • More than 750 lighthouses, conveniently organized by coastal region and state
  • Brief histories and complete contact information, including website, email address, and phone
  • Three maps with suggested itineraries for discovering lighthouses in New England, Michigan, and California
  • Notes on whether you can stay overnight on the lighthouse grounds, possibly in the keepers’ historic quarters
  • Chapters on lightships and historic life-saving stations, including availability of overnight accommodations
  • More than 40 images of lighthouses from coast to coast

With a foreword by leading New England lighthouse photographer Jeremy D’Entremont

The Fyddeye Guide to America’s Maritime History

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The Fyddeye Guide to America’s Maritime History, the first of the Fyddeye Guide series of travel books, makes your summer travel planning easier with an easy-to-use, well-organized directory of tall ships, lighthouses, historic warships, maritime museums, and other attractions you can visit today. Use the Guide to outline a family trip, map out a heritage travel experience, research your local history, or find a heritage organization to help you discover the sea captain in your family tree. The Guide covers maritime history attractions in the lower 48 states, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Just $24.95 for traditional print, or $6.99 for the ebook.

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  • More than 200 authentic tall ships, many offering family and couple excursions.
  • More than 300 ferries, tugs, steamboats, submarines, battleships, aircraft carriers, destroyers, and small craft covering two centuries of history.
  • More than 750 photogenic lighthouses and lightships.
  • More than 260 family-friendly maritime museums.

Notable reviews of The Fyddeye Guide to America’s Maritime History

Any serious student of the maritime heritage of America will find this an invaluable addition to their library — and the more general reader will find it becomes well-thumbed as a comprehensive guide.”Julian Stockwin

In general, I am very impressed by the scope, organization and level of detail. Highly recommended.” — Rick Spilman, The Old Salt Blog

Between its glossy covers, this impressive work contains everything a person could want in the way of information about our country’s historic maritime treasures.” — Candace Brown, Good Life Northwest

“Anyone with an interest in tall ships, lighthouses, historic ships, maritime museums, or any of a number of other maritime topics/locations/organizations will find Joe Follansbee’s “The Fyddeye Guide to America’s Maritime History” a much needed and valuable reference.” Hal Barstow, Los Angeles Maritime Institute

“You’ll get good value out of this well-researched guide.” — Barbara McMichael, Tacoma News Tribune

“The Fyddeye Guide is a great reference for when you’re planning a vacation or you find yourself in a city and want to know what maritime attractions are located in the area.” — Cindy Vallar, Pirates and Privateers

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