The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich houses the largest collection of scale ship models in the world, many of which are official, contemporary artefacts made by the craftsmen of the navy or the shipbuilders themselves, and 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.
This book is the first of a series which will take selections of the best models to tell the story of specific ship types – in this case, the evolution of the cruising ship under sail. Each volume reproduces a large number of model photos, all in full colour, and including many 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 book 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 modellers, all those with an interest in ship design and development will attracted to the in-depth analysis of these beautifully presented books.
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Although the book is a general history, the author manages the mean feat of packing an astonishing amount of detailed information into it... He also makes extensive use of detail photographs with very precise captions... [read full review]Nautical Research Journal
An extensively researched book full of insight and a wealth of detail. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in the era of sail.The Naval Review
Another fine work from one of the world's leading experts on such matters. Gardiner offers an exquisite book, which tells the history of the sailing frigate from private yacht to its final form, through over... [read full review]Warships Magazine
This is the first in a series of books to use the models at the National Maritime Museum to chart the complex and sometimes wayward search for the most effective frigate. This edition focuses on... [read full review]Marine Model magazine – May 2013
A history in Ship Models. Illustrated from the Collections of the National Maritime Museum" by Robert Gardiner. A beautiful book, an excellent history.Naval History.net
Very informative and comprehensively illustrated sections on various aspects of frigate design and development are also found here…
In full colour throughout, excellently written as one would expect and illustrated by superb large photos of... [read full review]Ships in Scale, March/ April 2013
Full colour photographs of the selected models provides an enormous amount of visual detail for the historian, the model maker and all those interested in the design and development of sailing ships.
The author... [read full review]Firetrench
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