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British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714-1792
on 20 May 2011
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.