The Sailing Frigate: A History in Ship Models

The Sailing Frigate: A History in Ship Models

Robert Gardiner

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 184832295X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich houses the largest collection of scale ship models in the world. Many of the models are official, contemporary artifacts made by the craftsmen of the Royal Navy or the shipbuilders themselves, ranging from the mid-seventeenth century to the present day. As such they represent a three-dimensional archive of unique importance and authority. Treated as historical evidence, they offer more detail than even the best plans, and demonstrate exactly what the ships looked like in a way that even the finest marine painter could not achieve. Now available in paperback, this book tells the story of the evolution of the cruising ship under sail. It includes a large number of model photos all in full-color as well as close-up and detail views. These are captioned in depth, but many are also annotated to focus attention on interesting or unusual features.

Although pictorial in emphasis, The Sailing Frigate weaves the pictures into an authoritative text, producing an unusual and attractive form of technical history. While the series will be of particular interest to ship modelers, all those with an interest in ship design and development will be attracted to the in-depth analysis of these beautifully presented books.

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1733 ships and no draught survives either to confirm or contradict these details. SLR0461 On the half-battery Fifth Rates of the 1690s, the lower deck guns were of a heavier calibre, but it is not easy to see the value of a pair of guns on the lower deck of the later 24s, when they were the same as those in the main battery. One suggestion is that they could be used as stern-chasers when required, and all Establishment Sixth Rates have two ports in the upper counter; whether they could be used

allocated four 3pdrs on the quarterdeck to add to the twenty-four 9s on the upper deck, and in so doing introduced the new rating of 28-gun ship. DEVELOPMENT OF THE HEAD SLR0005 The traditional way of closing off the forward end of the forecastle was to erect a flat panel, called the beakhead bulkhead a short distance from the stemhead, leaving a small platform ahead of it. This was the customary site of the ‘seats of easement’ for the crew and ever since ‘the head’ has become synonymous with

Greyhound and Roebuck, built in 1637 to the king’s direct order by Phineas Pett; interestingly, while their designer referred to them as pinnaces, the king called them frigates. They were clearly not exact copies – another early manifestation of a recurring theme – because they were slower, but emphasised strength and seakeeping. When the Roebuck was sent to join the blockade of the ‘Barbary pirate’ base of Sallee in modern Morocco, the judgment was that ‘though she is not a good goer yet she is

more visible. Nevertheless, the model gives a good impression of the complexity of a wooden warship – certainly fit for a king with an enquiring mind. SLR0405 It would be a mistake to think that there were no significant developments in the way wooden warships were built during the eighteenth century, but because there is more information available for the latter half – and a few surviving ships, like Victory and Constitution – there is a tendency to describe later practice as if it were the

to satirical comment: I must needs tell you he’s at great charges For his son Danby’s Yachts and Barges. However, his yachts and barges were successful enough to attract real admiration. Danby pursued a career of mixed success as a naval officer, but he was renowned in the fleet for his Bridget Galley, described by Sir Cloudesley Shovell as ‘an incomparable sailer’. Nominally a tender to his command, the 70-gun Resolution, the galley was operated by Danby as a speedy and highly successful

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