New England Masts and the King's Broad Arrow
I'M SURE THERE WERE MARITIME BATTLES OVER MASTSI WOULD HAVE LIKEED TO HEAR ABOUT THEM.
The book covers a period of our colonial period when the king of England had control of broad swaths of land and the resources thereon. The aspect of mast and spar timber being an important strategic commodity was a revelation. As was that a whole class of specialized sailing vessels were designed to support this trade. My initial interest was the owners' marks on lost logs from the bottoms of the Great Lakes. I recall one story about royal marks found which placed harvest of these trees quite awhile ago.
Not a huge commitment in length or cost, but enjoyable and interesting.