Detailed in the Original Builders' Plans
HMS Birmingham was a 1930s cruiser that suffered a torpedo strike in 1943 but survived and remained in service into the 1950s. This collection of detailed colour plans from the National Maritime Service includes a brief history, diagrams and detailed captions explaining the parts of the ship, with updates from each set of modifications it underwent, and several gatefolds showing its full profile.
The 2018 edition of the annual devoted to the design, development and service history of combat ships includes two articles exploring the Battle of the River Plate and the damage suffered by the Graf Spee in the engagement. It also features an analysis of unbuilt Russian defensive ‘monitor’ ship designs of the First World War, and a review of some of the sophisticated modern vessels in service for the replenishment of ships at sea.
Ship Decoration 1630–1780
Andrew Peters, who has been a professional ship-carver for over two decades, presents a comparative study of European sailing ships’ decorative work – their figureheads, topside ornamentation and stern gallery design. He identifies how national variations of the Baroque style developed in France, Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden; and ends with a personal account of the application of his research in the meticulous reconstruction of a Swedish vessel from 1738.
The Encyclopedia of Yacht Designers
From Bjarne Aas (1886–1969), the great Norwegian designer of International Rule boats, to Douglas Zurn (b.1963), whose 2003 high-tech, Kevlar-epoxy 34z set new speed and fuel efficiency standards, the Encyclopedia presents an A–Z of some 500 yacht designers, illustrated with over 600 photographs and drawings of their most notable boats.
The Coming of the Comet
The Rise and Fall of the Paddle Steamer
Over ten years before the Stockton and Darlington Railway opened, Henry Bell's Comet of 1812 started the steam revolution in shipping and paddle steamers were soon serving tourists on coastal cruises and carrying passengers and cargo around the world to reliable timetables. This book examines the developments in paddle steamer design and technology through the 19th century, describing the most important vessels including the pioneering transatlantic ships of Samuel Cunard and the famous Mississippi sternwheelers. Slightly off-mint.