Lincoln Paine

Photo by Nellie Large

Lincoln Paine is the author of five books and more than fifty articles, reviews, and lectures on maritime history. His books include The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World (on sale from
Knopf in October 2013), Down East: A Maritime History of Maine, and Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia, and “Beyond the Dead White Whales: Literature of the Sea and Maritime History.”

From 2009 to 2012, Lincoln was the guest curator and archivist of the Norman H. Morse Collection of Ocean Liner Materials at the Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine, and since 2006 he has been an editor of Itinerario: International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction, published at Leiden University, The Netherlands, in conjunction with Cambridge University Press.

He serves on the boards of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath (one of the ten best maritime museums in the world, according to, and of The Telling Room, a non-profit writing center for children and young adults in Portland. He and his wife live in Portland. Their daughters happen to be named for ships.