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5.0 out of 5 stars
An in-depth but readable investigation..., 31 Mar 2005
Covering the period 1801-1815, this primarily focuses on the British frigates of the period, but also includes references to previous designs for background, and to captured vessels. It is astonishingly informative and an easy read, though some of the technical terms could be explained a little better and could be mystifying even to some who know a little of the background.
Alongside the copious plans and draughts, this also includes details of variations of the ships within each class. As well as an extensive historical overview, the book contains chapters on Design issues, Construction Methods (and evolution), Wartime Modifications (even including some costs, where available), Performance, Armament details, and how and when Frigates were used. Almsot as an afterthought it also contains an interesting overview of the frigate dispositions in several years.
Often difficult to find, I don't think anyone with any interest in the frigates of the period will be disappointed with this book.