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British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714-1792: Design, Construction, Careers and Fates [Kindle Edition]

Rif Winfield
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The new Hanoverian dynasty that came to power with the accession of George I in 1714 inherited the largest navy in the world. In the course of the century, this force would see a vast amount of action against nearly every major navy, reaching a pinnacle of success in the Seven Years War only to taste defeat in the American Revolutionary struggle, when it faced the combined navies of France, Spain, the Netherlands, and the rebellious colonies themselves. Considering the contribution to history of these ships, there is surprisingly little readily available on their careers. Now this gap is comprehensively filled by this superb reference book, outlining the service history of every ship, built, purchased or captured, that fought for the Royal Navy in the great wars of the eighteenth century - well over 2000 vessels.

The book is organized by Rate, classification and class, with outline technical and building data, but followed by a concise summary of the careers of each ship in every class. This includes commissioning dates, refit periods, changes of captain, the stations where they served (and when), as well as details of any noteworthy actions in which they took part.

It will enable anyone to follow up a casual reference to any warship, and will provide the researcher with a solid core of information on which to base further study. With nothing remotely like it in print, this is a work of the utmost importance to every naval historian and general reader interested in the navy of the sailing era.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 56513 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Seaforth Publishing (12 Dec. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K5B72GO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #385,792 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714-1792 20 May 2011
By Passat
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the second of three, well-produced volumes listing British warships, and, indirectly, compliments the outstanding works by the late David Lyon. The concept is straightforward: a list of every known and recorded vessel employed by the Royal navy during the period covered by the title. It is an excellent piece of research and for anyone interested in British sailing warship design and development it is an essential reference source.

It is illustrated by reproductions of contemporary paintings and modern, but incomplete, line drawings by Norman Swales. Probably because of the exhorbitant charges the images have not been sourced from the National Maritime Museum, in Greenwich, London, though this doesn't detract from the relevance of the images to the text (unusually for a book of this type the images were not sourced by the author, but by the publisher). It was probably cost too that prevented colour being used, but at least the quality of the reproductions is good.

An understandably expensive production, but nevertheless an important contribution to the literature on sailing warships.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahoy ! 12 Oct. 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A wonderful reference book , painstakingly researched with details of every warship built in Britain between 1714-1792 , a period which saw Britain become the world's first naval superpower .
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2.0 out of 5 stars Age of Sail Review 10 May 2011
I am writing this review to give another viewpoint to those considering purchasing this product and the other 3 books in the series.
I am disappointed in this title as all the illustrations and photographs are in black and white. The production is second rate and not of the quality that I was expecting. If I had have been able to see some sample pages I would not have purchased this book. That is not to say that the content is not what it set out to be. I was anticipating colour, technical side view diagrams as is prevalent in most other modern compilations of this type or a reference of quality along the lines of Mark Adkins superb "Trafalgar companion". Instead this book contains sporadic black and white artistic representations of battle scenes and black and white photographs of model ships. The production in my opinion could be from 1790. At $200 AU for the set of four books I have been unfortunately disappointed, unlike with the collection of DK publication reference books that I have purchased in which I am continually astounded and satisfied with the quality and content. Hope this review gives the perspective that some people may find useful.
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