British Warship Recognition, The Perkins Identification Albums, Volume IV: Cruisers 1865-1939, Part 2

This volume continues the coverage of cruisers begun in Volume III. – This is a reproduction of the set of eight volumes held by the British National Maritime Museum where it has provided an unparalleled source of information for the Museum’s staff – Most Recommended.


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NAME: British Warship Recognition, The Perkins Identification Albums, 
Volume IV: Cruisers 1865-1939, Part 2
FILE: R2548
AUTHOR: Richard Perkins
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Seaforth
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES:  192
PRICE: £60.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Royal Navy, destroyers, cruisers, construction techniques, 
warships, marine engineering, Victorian Era, sailing warships, 
steam, armoured

ISBN: 978-1-4738-9149-4

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DESCRIPTION: This volume continues the coverage of cruisers begun in 
Volume III.  - This is a reproduction of the set of eight volumes 
held by the British National Maritime Museum where it has provided 
an unparalleled source of information for the Museum's staff  – Most 
Recommended.

The author was a photographer of note who collected a unique 
photographic resource, in its field one of the most extensive in the 
world. He became the acknowledged expert in the identifying and 
dating of warship photographs and his project to provide a truly 
comprehensive recognition record of Royal Navy warships from the 
1860s to the Second World War is a visual record that cannot be 
excelled.

Until Pen and Sword began a facsimile project with the National 
Maritime Museum, Perkins' work was not easily accessible to anyone 
beyond Museum staff and was a remarkable national treasure in its 
own right. By producing a full set of these recognition volumes in 
quality facsimile form as a large format book, the publishers have 
provided a commendable service to all enthusiasts, ship modellers, 
professionals, historians, and museums. Inevitably, a volume of this 
size and quality cannot be offered at a budget price, even though the 
publishers have set a very aggressive RRP. The reduction in lending 
library services in many countries will make that form of access 
difficult for many readers. Readers who might not normally stretch 
their budgets to this cover price may well make a special effort and 
find the money to acquire the full eight volume set as the only way 
to access the astonishing expertise displayed by Perkins in his 
fantastic work.

Cruisers have proved one of the most valuable classes of ship for 
the Royal Navy and this is underlined by the need for Perkins to 
produce two volumes for this class of warship. In this volume, all 
the smaller ships from the Calliope class of 1914, back through 2nd 
and 3rd -class protected ships, to the 1st vessels to carry the 
'cruiser' designation. Perkins has also covered the earlier iron 
frigate and all masted screw corvettes built from the Amazon class 
of 1865.

As a result, Perkins visually charts the development of the 
Nelsonian frigate that was the vital backbone of the Royal Navy, 
protecting the sea lanes and projecting power.  As new classes 
emerged, notably the destroyer, it has at times proved difficult 
to see where destroyers and cruisers separate.

As with all the sister volumes in this redoubtable recognition 
series, there are hundreds of the most beautifully delineated 
warship profile drawings , arranged by class and type, and 
reproduced in the original colours of Perkin's masters. This 
volume is again a treasure trove of information with not only a 
profile of each vessel included, but also providing analysis of 
the most minute differences between sister ships. In addition, the 
many detailed changes for individual vessels, during their periods 
of service, are included and the author has added a series of 
hand-written notes that are a welcome and important addition to the 
drawings.

This is a book that is very difficult to do full justice to in a 
book review, even by including many of the images in the review. 
Every reader of naval history and technology should make special 
effort to acquire or view each volume in the collection.