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Rif Winfield's British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817-1863: Design, PDF

By Rif Winfield

The book of this booklet sees the crowning glory of a huge paintings directory the technical information and profession histories of each major British warship among 1603 and 1863. Following 3 prior volumes, this one consists of ahead the tale from the post-Napoleonic warfare reorganisation of the Royal Navy's score method to the top of sail because the valuable mode of propulsion. 

Although it appears good documented, this can be a interval of serious complexity within the procurement and naval structure of ships. The advent of steam significantly altered the layout of vessels below development and was once later retro-fitted to others, whereas many 'names' lived a ghostly life at the army checklist: ships ordered yet now not all started, and every now and then having their meant draughts altered greater than as soon as earlier than being cancelled entirely.

This booklet meticulously types out and clarifies those confusions – an incredible contribution in itself – yet for the 1st time it additionally presents define provider histories for an period that's principally ignored. Like its spouse volumes, the ebook is organised via expense, class and sophistication, with major technical and development info, via a concise precis of the careers of every send in each classification. 

With its specific intensity of knowledge, this can be a paintings of the maximum value to each naval historian and basic reader drawn to the military of the crusing period and the early life of the steam military that supplanted it.

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