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The Good Ship: Ships, Shipbuilding and Technology in England, 1200-1520 Hardcover – 22 May 1995

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press; 01 edition (22 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714105740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714105741
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Deftly and authoritatively leads us through the world of later medieval English shipbuilding, discussing the major innovations it went through within the broader European context." -- Northern Mariner



"The flowering of English ship-building, which made the rather backward nation a leading player in the high-stakes game of oceanic navigation is well described." -- Sea History



"Friel's utterly masterful treatment of technical subjects like sails and hulls is one of the joys of this book... The maps and diagrams by Lynne Friel are minor masterpieces in their own right." -- Albion

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Ian Friel is worth Googling and you can find videos of lectures he gives and his on-line information on Tudor merchant ships. His book is virtually unique on the development of the merchant ship. The design and construction of the wooden ship was quite simply the most important technological development before the age of the Industrial Revolution. I was enthralled at his research findings... the origin of the "ton"/"tun" being related to the Bordeaux wine trade... how the essential bilge pump was developed... why merchant ships needed to travel in convoy whenever possible and had to be armed for fear of pirates... how by the time of the Spanish Armada the British fleet of 226 ships included only 34 ships of the 'Navy Royal' and 192 merchant ships... how navigation was coastal... why crew needed hot meals... why they did not suffer from scurvy because they were never long enough at sea to lack vitamin C.

How extraordinary that there is so little written on this subject apart from Ian's books. I visited the Grenwich Maritime Museum and found it very disappointing. It may be excellent for youngsters wanting to find out about warships in Nelson's time, but there is almost nothing on display about Medieval or Tudor ship development.

I will always treasure this excellent book.
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This book is a bit lightweight in content and was not what I expected from the title. It was recommended by the Maritime Museum but I have better books already on my shelf. Nevertheless it arrived exactly as promised.
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I got this book as a gift but it looks like excellent reading on a subject where very little evidence exists. Yours A Newbold
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