British Warship Recognition: The Perkins Identification Albums Volume VI (Hardback)
Submarines, Gunboats, Gun Vessels and Sloops, 1860–1939
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The Richard Perkins warship identification albums form one of the most detailed studies ever undertaken of the changes to the appearance of Royal Navy ships. However, it is a unique hand-drawn manuscript artefact in the care of the National Maritime Museum, so despite its value it is rarely seen by anyone besides the museum’s curators, for whom it is a precious resource, used on an almost daily basis.
In collaboration with the Museum, Seaforth is undertaking the first publication of this monumental work in a superbly produced multi-volume edition that captures all the qualities of the original. Every page is reproduced at full size, making the extensive hand-written annotation readable, while the fine-line drawings retain all the colours that Perkins used to denote appearance differences and alterations.
The sixth volume of the series covers all submarines up to 1939, torpedo gun vessels, the diverse types of gunboat (from masted gun vessels through coastal ‘flat-irons’ to river patrol craft), and sloops of various descriptions.
This is a publishing event of the utmost importance for every enthusiast and ship modeller, who for the first time will be able to own a copy of a unique and invaluable reference work.
Volume six takes us through submarines, gunboats, gun vessels and sloops. I spent some time with this volume wondering how Mr Perkins stayed sane working out what was what with submarines in particular, but the book actually ruins that perception by showing the intricacies of outwardly unremarkable looking vessels from 1860 to 1939. Examples of his efforts to sketch submarine hulls show just how seriously he took his work.War History Online
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This volume covers reflects the views of the time and is really Part 2 following Vol V. – 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 Highly Recommended.Firetrench
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What you have is very much a 'bible' of help to identify not only individual ships in archive photos, but also to indicate what year it shows the vessel. Individually the series of books are a delight to see as the growing set makes a magnificent reference.Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland
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Although conceived for the purpose of identifying ship images, what Perkins' albums actually provide is the most thorough and comprehensive record of British warship appearance ever achieved. They are, to put it mildly, fascinating.Model Boats, June 2018 – reviewed by John Deamer
As featured inModel Boats, January 2018