SS Great Britain: An Insight into the Design, Construction and Operation of Brunel's Famous Passenger Ship (Owner's Workshop Manual) (Enthusiasts' Manual) Hardcover – 3 May 2012
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About the Author
Brian Lavery is a Curator Emeritus at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and a renowned expert on the sailing navy. He is widely published and a winner of the prestigious Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award (2007) and the Society for Nautical Research's Anderson Medal (2008). He lives in London.
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However this book is not like that at all. It is a meticulously detailed, and beautifully and profusely illustrated study of one of the technically most important ships ever built in Britain, covering its history, construction, equipment, engineering, people, navigation and career, written by one of our foremost experts, Brian Lavery of the National Maritime Museum. Complete master of his subject, Lavery manages to explain things clearly for the landlubber while at the same time giving such comprehensive and intimate detail as to enthral anyone who has used the sea.
The SS Great Britain, launched in 1843, was part of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's visionary concept of extending the Great Western Railway to New York. He had already in part succeeded with the wooden-hulled paddle steamer Great Western; now he would build bigger - the largest ship in the world - and in iron, with screw propulsion. Lavery explains all the difficulties and ignorant objections, and takes us through, via several changes of engine and rig, and some unfortunate choices of Master, to the SS Great Britain's eventual successful period on the Australia run on which her passengers included the first ever England cricket XI to tour in Australia. The building of the ship is also part of the story of one of our greatest engineers, ever seeking new challenges and to go where nobody had been before (although often at rather enormous financial cost). Not always for him the tag (Neville Shute's?Read more ›
A good read.
Well illustrated with detailed lined drawings showing the develope of iron ships.