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First Rate: The Greatest Warships of the Age of Sail Hardcover – Jul 30 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Seaforth Publishing (July 30 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184832071X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848320710
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 32 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,135,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book covers the main eras of the age of sail, starting with the Caroline navy, through Commonwealth, Restoration and the French and Napoleonic wars, and culminates in the steam - powered wooden battleships of the Victorian era. Each chapter is illustrated with well chosen paintings, etchings, photographs, mainly of the Admiralty models of the period, and wherever possible Admiralty drafts of appropriate ships. The design and careers of individual ships are briefly described with particular highlights covered in more detail. There are also numerous two - page spreads on related topics. The reproduction of the illustrations is, without exception, superb; clearly a lot of effort here has gone into getting the colour reproduction as close to the original as possible. The piece de resistance is a superb four - page fold out of the draft of HMS Victoria of 1863; a full - colour reproduction, replete with detail. This is a book to be recommended to anyone with an interest in these ships, which arguably constituted mankind's greatest technological achievements during the 300 years or so that they reigned supreme. (Warship- Naval Books of the Year)

About the Author

Rif Winfield is the author of the three-volume series British Warships in the Age of Sail, which covers every Royal Navy vessel built, purchased, or captured between 1603 and 1817. He lives in the UK. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas P Hurlbut on June 25 2014
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Fascinating read about these fabulous machines!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
first rate: the greatest warship of the age of sail Nov. 2 2010
By dino448 - Published on
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A very comprehensive look at the first rate ships-of -the-line. I found many items that I hav'nt seen in other, comparable books. All togeather an excellent source, if your interest is in the first rate ships of that period.
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A First Rate book on the topic May 21 2015
By Charles A. Race - Published on
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I have long been a student of sailing ships, both naval and mercantile, and this is one of the finest books on the subject of ships of the line. The author combines the perfect balance of narrative, illustrations, and technical data for the first rate class of ships. While the focus is naturally on English ships of the period, the book does cover other major navies to some extent. To anyone interested in this period, including ship modelers, I highly recommend this masterpiece.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Five Stars Oct. 26 2010
By Tom Jones - Published on
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Very Nice