Lincoln Paine is the author of five books and more than a hundred articles, reviews, and lectures on maritime history. His books include the award-winning The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World (Knopf, 2013), Down East: An Illustrated History of Maritime  Maine (Tilbury House, 2018), and Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia (Houghton Mifflin, 1997).

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.

He has lectured on maritime history and taught writing workshops nationally as well as in India, China, Australia, and Europe.

He was on the editorial board of Itinerario: International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction and was editor of Sea History magazine, published by the National Maritime Historical Society.

He currently serves on the board of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath (one of the ten best maritime museums in the world, according to marineinsight.com). He and his wife live in Portland. Their daughters happen to be named for ships.

Books in order of publication:

Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia1997
Ships of the World1999
Warships of the World to 19002000
The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World2013
Down East: An Illustrated History of Maritime Maine2018