With this book Karsten Buchholz presents the (as far as we know) most complete recording of ship portraits painters. Over 500 artists, who worked between 1780 and 1930, are listed and introduced in detail to the reader. Besides of an explanation of the artist's works and other aspects of his life and time, the author supplies the reader with several subjective comments from his extensive personal experience. Also notes, concerning current trends of the market, and warnings, concerning the condition and authenticity of single works, can be found in this book. The list of the "Top Twenty–Five" in the two categories 1) Oilpaintings and 2) Watercolours, Gouaches and Reverse on glass paintings is a good support for the collectors, who care about the value of their collection (these lists are based on current auction results and market prices). As a special feature Buchholz refers for many artists additionally to other literature, the usual price range, signatures and where the artist is represented in a museum. The price ranges are also stated for different markets and in different currencies, including US$ & Pound Sterling, and these prices are not only conversions, but reflect the situation on that specific market. The author has done extensive research in Great Britain, Continental Europe, Scandinavia and the US and is familiar with the market of ship portraits in these countries.