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British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793-1817 (ePub)

Design, Construction, Careers and Fates

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By Rif Winfield
Seaforth Publishing
File Size: 64.8 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781783469260
Published: 30th September 2014


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When first published in 2005 this book was hailed as a major contribution to naval history, and its value as a reference work was reflected in the speed with which it went out of print. This revised edition incorporates some important corrections, but retains the comprehensive coverage of the first, with details of well over 2000 ships that served during the Wars of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Empire - whether purpose-built, captured, purchased or merely hired. As well as technical data on the ships, information includes commissioning dates, refit periods, changes of captain, the stations where they served (and when), as well as notes on any actions in which they took part. The book is well illustrated with contemporary prints and drawings that show the wide variety of service required of naval vessels in these wars, while specially commissioned general arrangement drawings depict the most significant classes. In all, it is a fitting tribute to a navy that at the zenith of its power in 1809 comprised one half of all the warships in the world.

Only the British navy publishing industry, and the Seaforth Publishing House in particular, could give life to an absolutely definitive cyclopean work on this subject, whose overall price is amply justified by a quality never seen before in other similar works.

STORIA militare, February 2018

A mammoth task that has resulted in a mammoth book. Rif Winfield has made a lifetime study of the sailing warship and is the ideal author to write this book. There is no need to write a long-winded review here. This is simply the definitive book on the subject. Kudos too to Seaforth for a beautifully designed and presented book.

Hellbound - Steve Earles

This volume is beautifully-produced by Seaforth Publishing to a very high quality level, and copiously illustrated – a large, most impressive volume and a mine of information. It enables anyone to follow up the most casual reference to any British warship of this period or to research in more detail a ship, a category of ships or a period; it will provide a solid core of information on which to base further study. It constitutes not only an essential work of reference for any researcher, maritime historian or serious student of the warships of the major seapower into which the Great Britain of the late 18th and early 19th Centuries had evolved, viewed at the peak if its power as a sailing navy, but is also in itself a source of great pleasure to read and handle.

Roger Marsh, Ships in Scale
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About Rif Winfield

Rif Winfield has made a lifetime’s study of the sailing warship. He holds a degree in International Politics, and is a Fellow of the Society for Nautical Research. Besides a number of journal articles, he is the author of The 50-Gun Ship (published in 1997) and First Rate: The Greatest Warships of the Age of Sail (in 2010), and was responsible for bringing to fruition in 2004 The Sail and Steam Navy List: All the Ships of the Royal Navy 1815–1889 (a project begun by the late David Lyon prior to his death in 2000). He is also the author of the comprehensive four-volume series on British Warships in the Age of Sail (covering chronologically all British warships between 1603 and 1863) and – with his co-author Stephen Roberts – a similar two volumes on French Warships in the Age of Sail, in the same series as the current work.

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