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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.

Highly recommended.
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on 30 May 2010
Yet another brilliant book, it is a font of detail of the British Navies sailing ships. This book with his other two books to takes you from ships still in the British navy in 1603 upto 1817. a set of books that every Naval history enthusiast needs and should have.
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on 12 March 2016
very good book
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on 12 October 2011
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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on 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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on 9 July 2014
all ok!
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on 17 February 2015
Great period book
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