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Destroyer Cossack (Hardback)

Detailed in the Original Builders' Plans

Seaforth Naval

By John Roberts
Seaforth Publishing
Series: As detailed in the original builders’ plans
Pages: 120
Illustrations: 100
ISBN: 9781526777065
Published: 13th August 2020

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The technical details of British warships were recorded in a set of plans produced by the builders on completion of every ship. Known as the ‘as fitted’ general arrangements, these drawings represented the exact appearance and fitting of the ship as it entered service. Intended to provide a permanent reference for the Admiralty and the dockyards, these highly detailed plans were drawn with exquisite skill in multi-coloured inks and washes that represent the acme of the draughtsman’s art.

Today they form part of the incomparable collection of the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, which is using the latest scanning technology to make digital copies of the highest quality. This book is one of a series based entirely on these draughts which depict famous warships in an unprecedented degree of detail – complete sets in full colour, with many close-ups and enlargements that make every aspect clear and comprehensible. Extensive captions point the reader to important features to be found in the plans, and an introduction covers the background to the design.

The subject of this volume is one of the famous ‘Tribal’ class, large destroyers intended to substitute for cruisers in many roles. Their complicated evolution is fully covered for the first time, with plans of the different proposals and alternatives considered, along with an outstanding collection of detail drawings ranging from magazine arrangements to a view of the variations in upper deck fittings across the whole class. Wartime modifications are also included. Cossack was the obvious choice to represent the class, not just because of her well-known exploits like boarding the German supply ship Altmark in 1940, but also because the technical documentation of the ship is particularly rich, much of which is reproduced in this volume.

This book is a serious piece of research which will stand the test of time. It will be of particular interest to historians who wish better to understand the development of destroyers over the war years, as well as to anyone connected with this famous ship.

The Naval Review - Summer 2021

More gems to add to our impressive collection of naval plans.

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Miniaturas JM

These ships are well represented in the published literature, I have no doubt that it will appeal to destroyer fanatics the world over.

World Ship Society - Marine News, January 2021

Review by Denis Wilkinson, San Diego, California

This book is an excellent addition to the series of “detailed in the original builders’ plans” books that provides in-depth coverage of an important class. Highly recommended.

Nautical Research Journal 66:1 (March 2021)

For anyone interested in the anatomy of warships of WW2 then this not only provides amazing levels of detail, but the coloured plans are artistically a pleasure to look at while for model boat builders this is a fantastic resource of plans and information. I genuinely applaud the author, the publishers and the National Maritime Museum for helping share this level of access to share these so much more widely for those who wouldn't have the opportunity to visit and view the original documents in the archives for themselves.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

This is another engrossing book in this series, once again providing a fascinating insight into what was hidden behind the metal walls of these famous warships.

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History of War

A new volume from the very successful collaboration between the publisher and the (British) National Maritime Museum. HMS Cossack was one of the 18 strong class of powerful destroyers known collectively as The Tribals – Most Highly Recommended

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About John Roberts

JOHN ROBERTS is one of the best-known names in the field of warship history, with numerous outstanding technical books to his credit. His most recent publication for Seaforth was Battlecruiser Repulse (2019), another in this series based on original plans.

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