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Pepy's Navy: The Ships, Men and Organisation, 1649-168 Hardcover – Aug 1 2008

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (Aug. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848320140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848320147
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 25.4 x 29.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,947,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

J. D. Davies is the author of the critically acclaimed Gentlemen and Tarpaulins and chairman of the Naval Dockyards Society in Great Britain.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A seminal work of superb and painstaking scholarship Dec 11 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It was during the mid- to late-1600s that Britain's navy became the basis for what would develop as a world-wide empire upon which 'the sun would did not set'. J. David Davies is Britain's leading naval historian and an expert on British 17th Century navy, it composition, leaders, ships, and deployments. He draws from his decades of research to write "Pepys's Navy: Ships, Men & Warfare 1649-1689", a comprehensive and meticulous history that begins when the 'Fleet Royal' was brought under Parliamentary control during the civil wars through to the accession of William and Mary to the throne of England in 1689 and the conclusion of the naval-based war with the Dutch. Every element of the British navy is addressed from its administration, ship types, shipbuilding, and naval recruitment, to its crews, seamanship, gunnery, shipboard life, dockyards, and bases. Of special note are the three major wars fought against the Dutch in the Channel and the North Sea during this forty year time span. A seminal work of superb and painstaking scholarship, "Pepys's Navy" is profusely embellished with both color and black-and-white illustrations, a list of abbreviations, notes, appendix, a bibliography, and an index. "Pepys's Navy" is a core addition to personal, community, and academic library Naval History reference collections.
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A Wonderful Reference Work Dec 23 2012
By Katherine Pym - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It took me a long time to find this book. As a novelist of London 1660's, I must research to the minute detail or I can't write about it. Up to now, there was not enough information on sailing ships during the mid 17th century. There's information out there but not how the variances are put together, and what ship's items are called. Where the galleys were in the hold, where storage was, what was stored, why the different prows and how it affected ships in rough seas. I also needed proper cutaways of 17th century ships. The most I could find were from children's books. I found one book in a ship manufacturing gift shop that called out several items wrong. How could this happen?

Finally, JD Davies wrote a book that works for me. It explains so much of what I've searched for, and with great detail, with pictures that help one who is visual. Words often do not explain something to its full potential. This tome has explained what I've needed to a plus.

For anyone who researches Early Modern England and its Navy, this is the book for you.
A Valuable Reference Work, to Say the Least Jan. 11 2014
By J. R. Trtek - Published on
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This encyclopedic work on the English Navy of the 17th Century does for that period, I suppose, what Brian Lavery's Nelson's Navy did for the Napoleonic incarnation of that service. With essays on ship fitting, navigation, on board life, provisioning and more, this will undoubtedly be the go-to reference volume on this subject for years to come. For a more accessible introduction, L.A. Wilcox's Mr. Pepys' Navy is my recommendation, but once you're ready for a real plunge, this is the pool to aim for. Highly Recommended.
Five Stars Oct. 30 2014
By K May - Published on
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Very good!

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