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Ship Anatomy 
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100 Gun Ship Victory; The [B00513]100 Gun Ship Victory; The by John McKay, Forever associated with Nelson's last battle at Trafalgar, Victory is one of the most famous ships of all time. An example of the ultimate sailing warship--the three-decker First Rate--Victory was the most popular and successful 100-gun ship of the period, the flagship of half a dozen famous admirals. First published in 1987 in the Anatomy of the Ship series and now updated, this volume provides the most detailed description and illustrations of the Victory available anywhere. A pictorial section contains numerous clear photographs emphasizing close-up and on-board views of ship equipment and spaces. Three hundred perspective and three-view drawings, with fully descriptive keys, illustrate every detail of the ship, including hull construction, masts and yards, armament, rigging, decoration and fittings. These accurate and totally comprehensive drawings offer ship buffs, historians, and model makers a full view of the ship and her position in the development of the First Rate. --Naval Institute Press, 2000, 120. Pages, Many photos, drawings., 10.3 X 9.8. H, Book Number B00513.Go to top.
24-Gun Frigate Pandora; The [B01216] 24-Gun Frigate Pandora; The by John McKay and Ron Coleman, The Pandora was a 24-gun Sixth Rate built at Deptford in 1779. The 20- and 24-gun classes were the smallest regularly commanded by a Post Captain and they were consequently known as post ships; they were also the smallest frigate-built ships on the Navy List. The Pandora is best known for her voyage to Tahiti which was undertaken to bring back the Bounty mutineers. Fourteen of them were captured at Tahiti but four of them were drowned when Pandora ran aground on 29 August 1791 on the Great Barrier Reef on her return journey. The surviving ten were eventually brought back to Portsmouth and court-martialled. Three of them were hung. The site of the wreck was discovered and has been extensively excavated by a team led by Ron Coleman. The 'Anatomy of the Ship' series aims to provide the finest documentation of individual ships and ship types ever published. What makes the series unique is a complete set of superbly executed line drawings, both the conventional type of plan as well as explanatory views, with fully descriptive keys. These are supported by technical details and a record of the ship's service history. John McKay is an architectural draughtsman who lives in Vancouver on the Pacific coast of Canada. He is also a ship enthusiast and modelmaker who has turned his professional skill to good use in the service of his hobby. Ron Coleman is Curator of Maritime History and Archaeology at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, Australia. He oversaw several seasons' excavation on the wreck site of the Pandora.--Conway, 2003, 120. Pages, 40 Illust., 305 drwgs., 10X9. H,  Book Number B01216.Go to top.
50-gun Ship; The [B00474] 50-gun Ship; The by Rif Winfield, By the end of the sailing era the 50-Gun ship was regarded too small to stand in the line of battle but too slow to serve as a frigate and dismissed by many as a naval dinasaur. Winfield reveals the crucial role played by the 50-gun ship in the British development of both the battleship and the frigate and explains the enduring role that ensured the survival of the type into the nineteenth century. An in-depth history; numerous data tables, original draughts, models, paintings, and drawings; John McKay's eye-pleasing perspective and cutaway drawings; and a separate set of large scale plans. The infamous Leopard of 1790 recorded in the novels of Patrick O'Brian gets significant attention.--Naval Institute Press, 1998, 128. Pages, 4 Cutaway Drawings, 9.5 X11.5. H, Book Number B00474.Go to top.
74-Gun Ship Bellona; The [B01218] 74-Gun Ship Bellona; The by Brian Lavery, The '74' was the classic line-of-battle ship of the late eighteenth century, and Bellona was one of the most important and long lived. Launched in 1760, during the Seven Years War, she belonged to the first truly successful class of British 74-gun ships, a design by Thomas Slade that was built in large numbers over more than twenty years. Bellona herself served with distinction over 54 years, fought in four wars and was not broken up until 1814. The 'Anatomy of the Ship' series aims to provide the finest documentation of individual ships and ship types ever published. What makes the series unique is a complete set of superbly executed line drawings, both the conventional type of plan as well as explanatory views, with fully descriptive keys. These are supported by technical details and a record of the ship's service history. This volume features a full description of the ship, how she came to be purchased, and the short history of her naval service. With over 300 perspective and 3-view drawings, accompanied by in-depth descriptive keys. This revised edition features a large-scale plan of the ship on the reverse of an extended fold-out jacket. Brian Lavery is probably the world's leading authority on the ship of the line. Apart from contributing numerous articles to magazines and journals, he edited and introduced a reprint of Deane's Doctrine of Naval Architecture, 1670, the earliest full treatise on the subject in English. He is also the author of the highly successful two-volume history of sailing battleships, The Ship of The Line as well as the critically acclaimed best-selling Nelson's Navy.--Conway, 2003, 120. Pages, 40 Illus., 305 drwgs., 10X9. H,  Book Number B01218.Go to top.
 Armed Transport Bounty; The by John McKay, Made eternally famous by the mutiny against Captain Bligh in 1789, Bounty was a small merchant ship purchased and converted into a naval transport to transplant breadfruit to the plantations of the West Indies. Thanks to good surviving documentation, this book can depict the ship when purchased as the mercantile Bethia and also as fitted out for her unusual naval employment. This revised edition features accurate, visually exciting and totally comprehensive drawings. In addition to these, a colour representation of Bounty on the jacket provides a useful painting guide, on the back of which is a beautifully folded large scale plan of the ship. The 'Anatomy of the Ship' series aims to provide the finest documentation of individual ships and ship types ever published. What makes the series unique is a complete set of superbly executed line drawings, both the conventional type of plan as well as explanatory views, with fully descriptive keys. These are supported by technical details and a record of the ship's service history. John McKay is an architectural draughtsman who lives in Vancouver on the Pacific coast of Canada. He is also a ship enthusiast and modelmaker who has turned his professional skill to good use in the service of his hobby. --Conway, 2003, 120. Pages, 30 Illus., 300 Drwgs., 10.9. H, Book Number B01217.Go to top.
Bomb Vessel Granado 1742; The, [B00117] Bomb Vessel Granado 1742; The, by Peter Goodwin,  Many drawings, plans, model photos. Useful to both the scratch-build modeler and the reader of Forester who wants to know more about bomb vessels. Provides insights about Jack Aubrey's first command, since the Sophie was also a 14 gun, brig-sloop with a quarterdeck and stern windows.--Naval Institute Press, , 125. Pages, Many Drawings, Plans, Model Photos., 9.5 X 10.5. H,  Book Number B00117.Go to top.
Bomb Vessel, Shore Bombardment Ships Of The Age Of Sail; The, [B00367] Bomb Vessel, Shore Bombardment Ships Of The Age Of Sail; The, by Chris Ware, In the Horatio Hornblower stories, the bomb vessel represented a specialization of the warship into a floating siege engine carrying huge shell-firing mortars for the purpose of bombarding stationary targets. How was the structure and architecture of these ships specialized? How were explosive shells handled and stored? What special means were needed to train and elevate these massive mortars?--Naval Institute Press, , 128. Pages, 100 Illust., Rigging, Armament., 10.7X 10.75. H, Book Number B00367.Go to top.
Captain Cook's Endeavour [B01215] Captain Cook's Endeavour by Karl Heinz Marquardt, The Endeavour, made eternally famous by Captain Cook's first voyage in her in 1768-71, was originally the collier Earl of Pembroke and was chosen by Cook for his voyage because of her strong construction. She was purchased by the Royal Navy at Whitby and then converted to an exploration ship at Deptford. After her voyage she was sold out of service in 1775, and finally condemned sometime in the 1790s. This revised edition features accurate, visually exciting and totally comprehensive drawings. In addition to these, a colour representation of Endeavour on the jacket provides a useful painting guide, on the back of which is a beautifully folded large scale plan of the ship. The 'Anatomy of the Ship' series aims to provide the finest documentation of individual ships and ship types ever published. What makes the series unique is a complete set of superbly executed line drawings, both the conventional type of plan as well as explanatory views, with fully descriptive keys. These are supported by technical details and a record of the ship's service history. Karl Heinz Marquardt is an internationally known ship modeller and has spent a lifetime researching the era of the sailing ship. He is an accomplished draughtsmen and has illustrated a number of highly praised maritime books. With over 200 perspective and 3-view drawings, accompanied by in-depth descriptive keys. With over 200 perspective and 3-view drawings, accompanied by in-depth descriptive keys. --Conway, 2003, 136. Pages, 300 drwgs., 30 Illust., 10X9. H, Book Number B01215.Go to top.
Captain Cook's Endeavour [B00208] Captain Cook's Endeavour by Karl Heinz Marquardt, The Endeavour, made eternally famous by Captain Cook's first voyage in her in 1768-71, was originally the collier Earl of Pembroke and was chosen by Cook for his voyage because of her strong construction. She was purchased by the Royal Navy at Whitby and then converted to an exploration ship at Deptford. After her voyage she was sold out of service in 1775, and finally condemned sometime in the 1790s. This revised edition features accurate, visually exciting and totally comprehensive drawings. In addition to these, a colour representation of Endeavour on the jacket provides a useful painting guide, on the back of which is a beautifully folded large scale plan of the ship. --Naval Institute Press, , 138. Pages, , 9.5 X 11. H, Book Number B00208.Go to top.
CSS Alabama: Anatomy of a Confederate Raider [B01098] CSS Alabama: Anatomy of a Confederate Raider by Andrew Bowcock, Provides a complete anatomy in words, pictures, and drawings of the famous Confederate commerce raider of the Civil War capturing sixty-five Federal merchant ships and sinking USS Hatteras in a two year cruise. Eventually sunk by the USS Kearsarge off Cherbourg on 19 June 1864. Having been built in great secrecy, little was know of the Alabama until this superb compilation of drawings, photos, and tables about her construction, masting, rigging, armament, engines, and internal arrangements. Detailed plans point out the arrangement of everything from belaying pin layouts, sail construction, and frame structures. Based on the latest research, including archaeological work on the recently rediscovered wreck, this book provides a complete anatomy in words, pictures, and drawings of one of the most famous ships of all time, the Confederate commerce raider Alabama of 1862. The sloop-of-war was known worldwide for her phenomenally destructive campaign against Union shipping that extended from coastal Texas to Cape Town, South Africa. Winning prizes estimated at $6 million, the ship was eventually tracked down and sunk off the coast of Cherbourg by the USS Kearsarge. Despite enduring interest in the ship, many details of her structure and fitting are still a matter of debate. The ship's clandestine construction and delayed arming produced often contradictory evidence. For this book, the author sifted through every known contemporary photograph, painting, model, and plan to produce the most detailed set of drawings of the Alabama ever published. With more than 250 illustrations, plans, and line drawings, the work will delight naval historians, Civil War enthusiasts, and model-makers alike. --Naval Institute Press, 2002, 160. Pages, 30, 9.8x11.8. H, Book Number B01098.Go to top.
Frigate Essex; The, [B00254] Frigate Essex; The, by Portia Takakjian, The author used both U.S. and British sources to reconstruct many previously undetermined details of the ship. Contains conventional 3-view type plans as well as explanatory perspective views with fully descriptive keys. These drawings are accurate, visually exciting and totally comprehensive, offering ship buffs, historians and model makers a novel insight into the technicalities of this ship. --Naval Institute Press, , 127. Pages, 300 Line Drawings., 9X10. H, Book Number B00254.Go to top.
Frigate Diana; The [B01190] Frigate Diana; The by David White, The eighteenth century equivalent of the cruiser, the frigate was used for a wide variety of roles from fleet reconnaissance to patrolling sea lanes. Built in 1793, Diana was a typical British frigate of the period, whose long and active career spanned virtually all of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. In 1815 she was sold to the Dutch navy, which she continued to serve until destroyed by an accidental fire in 1839. First published in 1987, this popular volume includes a new large-scale plan of the ship on the reverse of the extended fold-out jacket and over 100 perspective and three-dimensional drawing accompanied by in-depth descriptive keys and photos. Both accurate and impressively detailed, this volume is an essential reference of age of sail enthusiasts and modelers alike.--Naval Institute Press, , 120. Pages, 24 photos, 300 line drawings, 10.5X9.5. H, Book Number B01190.Go to top.
H.M.S Beagle [B01219] H.M.S Beagle by Karl Heinz Marquardt, A 10-gun brig and survey ship, HMS Beagle became famous for its survey voyages under Commander Robert FitzRoy, especially once Charles Darwin, a passenger on the second expedition, wrote On the Origin of Species which was based on studies undertaken during the four-year voyage. Under the command of her dedicated officers, the ship sailed to some of the most desolate places on earth, mapping the coastlines and passages to make these areas much safer for all future shipping. Despite her fame a three-dimensional model of the ship has been neglected by museums, as specific plans do not exist, but the author has researched the three different ages of Beagle to draw his own accurate plans and build a 1/64 scale model. His research, photographs and plans are now available in this volume to bring HMS Beagle nearer to the heart of model-makers and ship historians and hopefully to restore her to her rightfully-earned place in the pantheon of ships.--Conway, 2003, 128. Pages, 30 illus, 200 drwgs., 10X9. H, Book Number B01219.Go to top.
Heavy Frigate, Eighteen-pounder Frigates: Volume 1, 1778-1800; The, [B00036] Heavy Frigate, Eighteen-pounder Frigates: Volume 1, 1778-1800; The, by Robert Gardiner, The first of two volumes specifically devoted to the large single-decked cruising ships armed with 18-pounder guns. First introduced during the American Revolution, the frigates grew rapidly in size, number, importance and becoming the typical frigate of the Nelson era that we read about in Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey Maturin series. --Naval Institute Press, 1995, 128. Pages, 80 Illusts, Armament, Performance.., 10.7X10.7. H, Book Number B00036.Go to top.
HMS Blandford [B00071] HMS Blandford by Peter Goodwin, Provides superb graphics. The Blandford, while not quite the same size, is a 5th rate like the Surprise and the book gives the detailed drawings of the ship's hull, deck arrangement, and rigging. Invaluable to modelers, too.--Naval Institute Press, 1988, 119. Pages, Drawings, Plans, Model Photos., 9.5 X 10.5. H, Book Number B00071.Go to top.
Naval Cutter Alert; The, [B00252] Naval Cutter Alert; The, by Peter Goodwin, Built to supplement the British fleet between 1763 and 1835, the Alert Was one of 15 cutters ordered for the Royal Navy during 1777 and 1778 and was built at a private yard in Dover, England. Goodwin's drawings of the lines are based on the draught of the hull of the Rattlesnake, an identical cutter built at the same ship yard in 1777, and the model is currently on display at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England. This volume features a full description of this armed cutter, its concept, origins, design details and wartime service. With over 100 perspective and 3-view drawings, accompanied by in-depth descriptive keys and photos. This revised edition features a large-scale plan of the vessel on the reverse of an extended fold-out jacket. A title in a series that has established a substantial following in its specialist field. These small swift vessels were generally employed in minor roles such as conveying dispatches, routine patrol work and reconnaissance. Alert was captured by the French in July 1778 while acting as escort for Keppel's fleet off Ushant. The 'Anatomy of the Ship' series aims to provide the finest documentation of individual ships and ship types ever published. What makes the series unique is a complete set of superbly executed line drawings, both the conventional type of plan as well as explanatory views, with fully descriptive keys. These are supported by technical details, photos and a record of the ship's service history. Peter Goodwin has been interested in wooden shipbuilding since his days as an engineering apprentice. He has written two other 'Anatomy of the Ship' volumes, The 20-Gun Ship Blandford and The Bomb Vessel Granado. His other Conway books include Nelson's Ships, and The Construction and Fitting of the Sailing Man of War 1650-1850. He has been the Keeper and Curator of HMS Victory for over ten years. --Conway, 2004, 128. Pages, 30 Photos, 250 Line Drawings. H, Book Number B00252.Go to top.
Schooner Bertha L. Downs; The, [B00051] Schooner Bertha L. Downs; The, by Basil Greenhill And Sam Manning, One of the many large four-, five-, and six-masted schooners built on the banks of the Kennebeck River at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. These huge wooden vessels were almost universally employed in the coastal trade, chiefly taking coal from Virginia to New England. Contains superb drawings and much new material about the life of the vessel. Part of the popular Anatomy of the Ship Series, these popular books each contain over 200 keyed line drawings as well as full descriptions of their design, construction, operational history, and much more. --Naval Institute Press, , 128. Pages, 250 Illustrations, 9.5 X 10.25. H,  Book Number B00051.Go to top.