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British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817-1863: Design, Construction, Careers & Fates Hardcover – 5 May 2014

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Seaforth Publishing (5 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848321694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848321694
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 25.4 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

RIF WINFIELD is the author of a number of well-received reference works on the sailing warship, including the three previous volumes in this series, and The First Rate, published in 2010.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SMB on 12 Jun. 2014
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If you own any of the previous volumes of this series then you'll know what to expect from this one. It follows the same format of as the others. Broken into chapters by ship rating (in this case based on the 1817 rating system), it covers everything from the mighty first rates down to the smallest gun boats.

As you might expect, there's some overlap between this and the previous volume (which covered 1793-1817) as many of the vessels that fought in the Napoleonic wars were, at least on paper, still part of the Royal Navy in 1817. Consequently, most of the entries for these vessels are unchanged from the content in the earlier volumes - although due to changes in the rating system, some vessels appear in different sections of the book.

There's also considerable overlap with David Lyon's Sail and Steam Navy List which was completed by Winfield and covers a slightly wider period (from 1815-1889). Of the two, I'd say that this one has the greater detail coverage but naturally doesn't include the later ironclads - so if you can't afford both, the choice comes down to your interests.
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I bought this book to complete the set and it is only of interest to dedicated historians. The culmination of years of research.
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By Lynne Burnett on 14 Oct. 2014
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Fabulous book, great price.
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great reference 7 Aug. 2014
By david l. poremba - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the fourth volume of a quartet which began its coverage of the Royal Navy in 1603 and ends with the advent of steam powered vessels exclusively. It covers all ratings of ships from first rates through sixth rates, sloops and smaller, both sailing and steam.
The book begins with its preface and bibliography, which contains an explanation of the rating system; this is followed by a chronology of naval events for the years covered in the title; then, the listing of vessels by rate; there are four informative appendices, including one that discusses the principle officers of the Navy; and, finally, there is an index of named vessels.
This is an excellent reference book for those whose passion is Royal Naval history, in this case broken down by ship. There is more to it than just a roster of ships, however. Included here one can find information on ship builders, their captains and the costs that go along with maintaining a sailing navy.
This is a go –to source for answers to questions about the subject.
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An Excellent Royal Navy Reference Source 16 Aug. 2014
By Bill Walsh - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the latest volume in a series of lists of Britain's sailing warships. This particular volume covers an extremely interesting period of time as steam started to make its increasing inroads in the Royal Navy, firstly with paddle wheelers and then with the much better screw (propellor) propulsion coupled with masts and sails. For a more complete understanding of how this transistion occurred and the context within which many of the vessels listed in this book were designed one has to turn to other sources, that information is beyond the scope of this volume. One book that is helpful regarding the contextual background is Anglo-French Naval Rivalry 1840-1870 by C.I.Hamilton. Another, with respect to the ships themselves, is Before the Ironclad (Development of Ship Design, Propulsion and Armament in the Royal Navy, 1815-1860) by D.K.Brown. However, for an idea of all the ships and a brief description of their individual careers this an excellent reference. The pictures and plans reproduced within the book are good.
Five Stars 5 Oct. 2014
By Pete Bergagnini - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A gold mine of information on all British Warships.
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