Rigging, Period Fore-and-aft craft

B2190

There is very little text in this book, which is a collection of beautifully drawn images of period fore-and-aft craft. The text which is included is adequate to support the drawings. The drawings are impeccable. This is a very reasonably priced book, aimed at the model maker and particularly the scratch-build modeller who is either producing a model on the basis of a commercial kit that is greatly enhanced, or building from scratch to produce a unique model of high impact. For such modellers, a rigging book of this quality is a considerable aid, but it should also be considered by those readers who are building knowledge of period sailing craft and need to understand the finer points of period rigging. This book received a very favourable review from best selling author Julian Stockwin who is something of a perfectionist in his research for each of his Kydd and Renzi tales with a well-developed knowledge of naval craft of the Napoleonic War period.

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NAME: Rigging, Period Fore-and-aft craft
DATE: 180615
FILE: R2190
AUTHOR: Lennarth Petersson
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Seaforth
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 111
PRICE: £12.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Period craft, sailing craft, model engineering, model making, rigging, rope work, small warships, 18th Century, 19th Century, Napoleonic wars
ISBN: 978-1-84832-218-9
IMAGE: B2190.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: There is very little text in this book, which is a collection of beautifully drawn images of period fore-and-aft craft. The text which is included is adequate to support the drawings. The drawings are impeccable. This is a very reasonably priced book, aimed at the model maker and particularly the scratch-build modeller who is either producing a model on the basis of a commercial kit that is greatly enhanced, or building from scratch to produce a unique model of high impact. For such modellers, a rigging book of this quality is a considerable aid, but it should also be considered by those readers who are building knowledge of period sailing craft and need to understand the finer points of period rigging. This book received a very favourable review from best selling author Julian Stockwin who is something of a perfectionist in his research for each of his Kydd and Renzi tales with a well-developed knowledge of naval craft of the Napoleonic War period.

There is something truly magical about the naval craft from the days of sail. At the time they were the leading edge of technology and designed to provide a gun platform that could be fully controlled and survive in the harsh environment of the sea. Perhaps this explains why so many dream of building a beautiful scale model. What tends to deter these would-be modellers is the apparent complexity of rigging. The tangle of rope and blocks defies logic but, in the real ships, it is entirely logical and works very well.

This book looks at the British Naval Cutter, the French Lugger, and the American Schooner. These were solid work boats, built in some numbers, deployed around the world and heavily armed for their size. They were fast and highly maneoverable vessels that could be operated close in shore or on the vast expanses of ocean. They were often used for communication and reconnaissance, but they were also potent combat vessels that could hold their own against larger ships.

The author/illustrator has used his skills as a draughtsman and enthusiasm as an amateur model maker, to produce a fine set of drawings for each ship and in so doing filled a hole in published knowledge. For some reason, it can prove very difficult to find detailed drawings for completing a period model of this type of craft. It is a strange omission of the past that is happily corrected by this book. It is strange because this type of vessel makes an ideal subject for the home. The relatively small size of the fore-and-aft craft allows a very handsome model to be built to a relatively large scale, providing every opportunity to provide great detail and authenticity.

This book is naturally highly commended to its target audience, but anyone with an interest in sailing ships will find it an interesting source of information that can be very hard to find. In the process it makes sense of how and why these vessels were so important in their time.

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