A Must-Read book on a Must-Visit Museum facility. The Publisher has excelled with a lavishly produced, lavishly illustrated epic and an incredibly low price. – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: Glasgow Museums, The Ship Models, A History and Complete Illustrated Catalogue FILE: R3053 AUTHOR: Emily Malcolm, Michael R Harrison PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Seaforth Publishing BINDING: hard back PRICE: £35.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Glasgow, River Clyde, Clydebank, Clyde-side Shipyards, Industrial Revolution, timber ships, steel ships, pioneering, marine engineering, innovation, record-breaking, launching, ship building, steam engines, steam turbines, gas turbines, aircraft carriers
IMAGE: B3053.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/shm8xpz LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A Must-Read book on a Must-Visit Museum facility. The Publisher has excelled with a lavishly produced, lavishly illustrated epic and an incredibly low price. – Most Highly Recommended. The contribution of Clyde shipyards, not only to Britain but to the world, is a magnificent heritage. Even with the European Union's efforts to hollow out and destroy British manufacturing, the Clyde has managed, just, to cling on and produce ships. Yards that were once at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution may be no more, but the ground breaking vessels they launched continue, not least in the magnificent Glasgow Museums Ship Models. Ships have been built along the Clyde for a very long time but what made the area famous was the move from building in wood to constructing in steel, and replacing sail with steam power. Wooden boats continued to be constructed but the magic and importance was steel and steam. This book has been produced lavishly. The best gloss paper stock has been used in a large format volume. The full colour reproduction is impeccable, and the binding is designed to withstand frequent and heavy use. This is the quality of production that normally carries a cover price of more than £70 but somehow Seaforth have managed to offer this highly desirable book at a cover price of only £35 and, during its print life, it will probably be offered with special discounts. Copies will fly off the shelves, and deservedly so. This is a book that no one with any level of interest in maritime history and technology can afford to be without. There are also electronic versions available but, at this price, the first choice must be the paper edition and then perhaps an eBook edition for portability. There are some 600 models in the collection and, even with this number, the authors have managed to include images and extended captions, together with a history of the collection. Having read the book, few will be able to resist a visit to see the models in Glasgow. This is an extraordinary collection that covers a wide history of boat and shipbuilding in the area and the development of new marine technologies. There are some very large models that are incredibly well detailed. The 'Queens' that revolutionized passenger transport across the Atlantic are there. Small wooden open boats are included and everything between. This includes HMS Ocean, a light fleet carrier that was the first to receive a jet aircraft landing, appropriately by a Scot, the redoubtable, the late, Capt Eric “Winkle” Brown, a naval aviator and test pilot, who now holds a position in the Guinness Book of Records that is most unlikely to ever be equalled as the pilot to have flown the largest number of aircraft types. All manner of vessels are presented in beautifully staged surroundings. There are also models of power plants and this is one of the finest collections of ship models in the world.