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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive conclusion to the series, 12 Jun 2014
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This review is from: British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817-1863: Design, Construction, Careers & Fates (Hardcover)
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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