"A well-organized and insightful collection of documents relating to American maritime history between the end of the Civil War and into the present." Book News

 "This ambitious two-volume set...offers endless opportunities for scholars, teachers, and lay readers alike. An invaluable teaching resource and highly entertaining addition to the field of American maritime history." The Northern Mariner

 "An excellent collection of primary documents." International Journal of Maritime History

 "A valuable tool for those engaged in teaching the maritime history of the United States of America, promoting a critical sense in their students, and giving them a wider perception of the maritime past…Not only valuable but also highly recommendable." International Journal of Maritime Archaeology v 39, iss 1

 "A very illuminating and instructive addition to the body of maritime history. It even explains some now quite obscure history." Work Boat Review