The Restoration Warship – The Design, Construction and Career of a Third Rate of Charles II’s Navy

B1595

 

This fine volume achieves several things together. The excellent illustrations provide detail that a modelmaker needs, but also shows the detail of the construction of the original vessel explaining how it was put together. Some experienced modelmakers will undoubtedly exactly follow the construction rather than making frames from ply or board to create a model that will match the quality of this book. However, the book is much more than a guide for modellers. It contains a history of the design and construction and operation of this third rater. The Restoration Navy has traditionally received much less coverage than it merits.

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NAME: The Restoration Warship – The Design, Construction and Career of a Third Rate of Charles II’s Navy
CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
FILE: R1595
DATE: 190110
AUTHOR: Richard Endsor
PUBLISHER: Conway
BINDING: Hard back
PAGES: 256
PRICE: GB £50.00
GENRE: Non fiction
SUBJECT: Shipbuilding, warships, naval architecture, ship plans, sailing ship, frigate, line of battleships, Charles II, naval reforms
ISBN: 978-1-84486-088-3
IMAGE: B1595.jpg
LINKS: http://tinyurl.com/
DESCRIPTION: Readers new to the Conway format should be aware that there is a two page spread draught of the Lennox at 1:72 scale on the reverse of the dust jacket. This fine volume achieves several things together. The excellent illustrations provide detail that a modelmaker needs, but also shows the detail of the construction of the original vessel explaining how it was put together. Some experienced modelmakers will undoubtedly exactly follow the construction rather than making frames from ply or board to create a model that will match the quality of this book. However, the book is much more than a guide for modellers. It contains a history of the design and construction and operation of this third rater. The Restoration Navy has traditionally received much less coverage than it merits. This was the period where the foundations were laid for the achievement of naval supremacy over France and Spain during the Seven Years War and the classic final Battle of Trafalgar which destroyed the dreams of Napoleon for world domination. Under Charles II the Royal Navy was re-organized and corruption dramatically reduced through the outstanding administration of Pepys. It was a vital period in the development of the British Empire. The author has done an excellent job of explaining the way the Deptford shipyard set about the construction of warships, the social conditions of the time and so much more. The Lennox was herself a very important vessel, carrying 70 guns and being part of the new fleet of 30 ships built to expand and update the Royal Navy to counter the threat posed by the Dutch and the French. The quality of illustration is outstanding and it is a pity that the cost of production results in a price that will deter some readers. For those who are prepared to pay the price for a quality product, this book will be a joy and an impressive addition to their libraries. There are now very few publishers able and prepared to put so much effort into a book to achieve the standard displayed here.

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