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Clydebank Battlecruisers: Forgotten Photographs from John Brown's Shipyard [Hardcover]

Ian Johnston
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Oct. 30 2011
Between 1906 and 1920 the Clydebank shipyard of John Brown & Sons built five battlecruisers, each one bigger than the last, culminating in the mighty Hood, the largest warship of her day. If Tiger is regarded as a modification of the Lion class design, this represents every step in the evolution of these charismatic, and controversial, ships. Like most shipyards of the time, Clydebank employed professional photographers to record the whole process of construction, using large-plate cameras that produced pictures of stunning clarity and detail; but unlike most shipyard photography, Clydebank's collection has survived, although very few of the images have ever been published. For this book some two hundred of the most telling of these were carefully selected, and scanned to the highest standards, depicting in unprecedented detail every aspect of the building and fitting out of Inflexible, Australia, Tiger, Repulse and Hood.Probably more has been written about battlecruisers than any other warship type, and as modelmaking subjects they have a devoted following, so any new book has to make a real contribution. This pictorial collection, with its lengthy and informative captions, and an authoritative introduction by Ian Johnston, offers ship modellers and enthusiasts a wealth of visual information simply unobtainable elsewhere.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Although this is essentially a picture book, it is a cut above most illustrated volumes because of the very high standard of images reproduced and the story they tell of shipbuilding in the early 20th century. - Ships Monthly While this new publication is essentially a 'picture book', using rare and largely unpublished photographs from the John Brown archive, it is also much more than that, recording in detail not only the construction of the ships concerned. The photographs, which constitute the primary focus of the book, are simply stunning, and are given plenty of space to 'breathe' by the book's designer...overall content and otherwise excellent production values of the book. Clydebank Battlecruisers has to be on of the outstanding publications of the year, and anyone with an interest in the major ships of the grand Fleet or shipbuilding on the Clyde will want to own it. - Warship 2012 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Where many of the images leap from the page. June 28 2014
By Ned Middleton TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This photo-led work is an excellent compilation of images from John Brown’s shipyard on Clydebank. Whereas I never tire of looking at such historic photos, there are ships and there are ships and those depicted in this book rank amongst some of the greatest warships ever built. The five Battlecruisers built by John Brown’s are detailed in the order; Inflexible (24 pages), Australia (26), Tiger (28), Repulse (32) and the Mighty Hood (56). These are followed by an overview of the G3 contract which was cancelled in 1922. The book then concludes with 10 Appendices, Sources & Bibliography and Index.

Taking the Inflexible as an example of the way in which each subject vessel is tackled, we find the complete story of this ship in between images of the highest possible calibre. Bearing in mind the book’s full title, these photographs show almost every conceivable angle and feature. Four triple-blade propellers, twin rudders, stem, hull and so much more are shown in a series of pre-launch pictures which even include one of her steam launch. After her launch, we find photographs which include; deck views, amidships, aft section, stem, boat stowage, workmen taking a break on the foc’sle deck, bridge, turrets, the two starboard 125 cwt Wasteney Smith stockless anchors close up to the hawse pipes, upper control platforms, weapons, aft funnel, boat deck, steam siren, searchlight, ratings asleep below decks, refrigeration plant, Admiral’s cabin and a number of ship portraits both steaming at full power, stopped in the water. The other vessels mentioned are given the same treatment with even more images per ship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Pictures Jan. 3 2013
By Crash
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Once you open the book you are struck by the incredible pictures and you keep turning the pages looking at only the pictures until you hit the back cover, only then do you go back and read the text. Great job on this one. How about one on all the large ships built there?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent Oct. 14 2011
By J. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is absolutely chock full of extremely high quality photos of various British battlecruisers in the WWI era, the best I've seen, and I have quite a few books on the subject. Modelers, particularly dockside diorama modelers, will giggle like children on Christmas.

For modelers working on Invincible class (Inflexible pictured), Tiger, Australia/New Zealand (Australia pictured), Repulse/Renown (Repulse pictured) and Hood models, this is an absolute must. Easily the most detailed photos I've seen, including photos you'll never see anywhere else, like detailed photos of Hood's main gun mountings and turret interiors as they were being built.

As for the quality of the photographs and their printing here, think of being able to easily count the number of rivets surrounding Tiger's forward anchor hawse pipe - on a full page, wide-angle shot that shows most of the ship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem Oct. 5 2011
By Michael Dunham - Published on Amazon.com
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The author has offered us an incredible collection of crisp,detailed photos covering the construction of some the most impressive warships ever launched. Photos cover construction,many shots of hulls,above decks,superstructure,armament,and the completed ships on trials.Comprehensive for the enthusiast and an awesome source for modelers in all scales.I can hope that this work will encourage more pubs of this type,perhaps a companion volume addressing the German battlecruisers of Blohm and Voss?
Certainly it will serve to generate an interest in model production in plastic injection kits,for here is reference material I never dreamed of that is now readily available at a most reasonable price.Highly recommended for all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take a trip back in time to a world that is now totally gone Oct. 23 2011
By J. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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Fabulous book full of marvelous old photos of the highest quality!

If you like old naval ships, seeing big things being built, or just seeing a glimpse of the past, prepare for satisfaction. This book is filled with photos of 5 British battlecruisers as they were under construction a century ago, from 1906 - 1920. What you see in "HD" black & white photos taken on large-format 10" x 12" or larger negatives are glimpses of a world that is now totally gone: All 5 ships are now long gone (although two of them still rest on the bottom of the Pacific); the famous Clydebank shipyards no longer exist; and undoubtedly every person pictured is now dead. Nothing remains but these photos.

Looking at the incredible detail in each, one can see all sorts of minute objects that comprise the vessels, the materials and tools from which they emerged, and many of the men who built them - all frozen in time. Often times the human figures are a ghostly blur due to the slow speed of the film used back then, but even the ships and shipyard sometimes appear a bit surreal as they emerge from the mist of the Scottish weather.

I did find myself hoping for more interior pictures of the ships to complement the wonderful exterior views, but either the photographers of the era were unwilling or unable to take many pictures of things like the engine rooms, machinery spaces, turret interiors, etc, or the author chose not to include them if any exist. I suspect the former, but in no way does this detract a wonderful trip back in time that made me feel like I was there.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is a Must for Every 20th Century Warship Enthusiast Feb. 4 2012
By ViennaPMS - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has some of the most extraordinarily detailed and clear pictures of the five battlecrusisers under construction that together were from every British class built. I have been a naval reader for many years and have all of the standard references from Parkes, Friedman, Bayer, etc., but this book is unique in its focus (the ships under construction from the keel up) to the analysis of the builder's files and records. This would be a great addition to any collector's library and an excellent gift to that person who has everything as it is just published so they probably don't have yet!
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5.0 out of 5 stars review Dec 16 2011
By john - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a true gem of a book. I cannot recall the last time that an historical book transported me back to a long past time. Absolutely magnificant photographs laid out in a simple cronological order.
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