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The Ship of the Line - Volume II 2: Design, Construction and Fittings Hardcover – 31 Dec 1997

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Conway Maritime Press Ltd (31 Dec 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851772870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851772875
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.8 x 29.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 760,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Nov 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the second part of Brian Lavery's massive work on the development of the major warships of the age of fighting sail, which were sometimes referred in Britain as the country's "Wooden Walls".

Like the first volume, it is a large, beautiful and extensively illustrated book. Most of the 192 pages include pictures of eighteenth or early nineteenth century warships, including contemporary paintings sketches and cartoons, photographs of contemporary ship models, plans and charts. The dust jacket is in colour: all other illustrations are in black and white.

Where the first book gave the story of how the demands of various wars forced the development of navy warships and fleets, and tactics to employ them, this book concentrates on the details of design and construction. It describes in some detail, though in a reasonably accessible way, the construction and technical operation of various parts of a ship - the hull, sails and rigging, fittings such as anchors and capstans, accomodation, armament, and decorations such as the figurehead.

This book is perhaps a bit too specialist a work to be of interest to everyone, but it is accessible enough to be an interesting read for anyone with a strong interest in naval history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Ship of the Line Construction and Fittings 2 Sep 2012
By William R. Daemke - Published on
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I've been a wooden ship modeller for a good number of years and will allways be after more information. This set of two books is a worthy addition to the library. As one progresses in ship-building, with enough reading and building, many of those weird questions we inflict upon ourselves gain a fair measure of resolution indirectly. This book is a good dual-use book. One can learn things subconsciously and details, with me, tend to stick in my ageing mind. I do NOT mind paying good money for good books. This is a good investment.
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