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HMS Victory (Paperback)

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Maritime Seaforth Royal Navy Nelson & Trafalgar Seaforth: Historic Ships Colour Books

By Iain Ballantyne, Jonathan Eastland
Seaforth Publishing
Series: Seaforth Historic Ships
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781848320949
Published: 17th August 2011

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HMS Victory is probably the best-known historic ship in the world. A symbol of the Royal Navy's achievements during the great age of sail, she is based in Portsmouth and seen by tens of thousands of visitors each year.

As is the case for many historic ships, however, there is a surprising shortage of informative and well illustrated guides, for reference during a visit or for research by enthusiasts - ship modellers, naval buffs, historians or students. This new series redresses the gap.

Written by experts and containing more than 200 specially commissioned photographs, each title will take the reader on a superbly illustrated tour of the ship, from bow to stern and deck by deck. Significant parts of the vessel – for example, the capstan, steering gear, armament, brody stove, cockpit, stern cabins – are given detailed coverage both in words and pictures, so that the reader has at hand the most complete visual record and explanation of the ship that exists.

In addition, the importance of the ship, both in her own time and now as a museum vessel, is explained, while her design and build, her fighting career and her life prior to restoration and exhibition are all described.

No other books offer such superb visual impact and detailed information as the Seaforth Historic Ship Series – a truly groundbreaking concept bringing the ships of our past vividly to life.

Nominated for the 2011 Mountbatten awards.

I love it, it's an amazingly useful and handy book. Naval and non-naval modellers, dioramas and vignet builders, and any other type of modeller in general will find it of great interest.

Read the full Spanish review here.

José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM

Most of the 128-page is devoted to a superbly illustrated tour of the vessel as she is today, from bow to stern and deck by deck, with significant parts being given detailed coverage, while a final chapter looks at Victory's restoration.

Ships Monthly

Highly detailed, well illustrated and reasonably priced. In a precise and careful treatment, they cover the evolution of naval architecture, maritime warfare, and British strategy that led to the construction of the 100 gun ship-of-the-line, her early history, a brief look at her greatest moment, Trafalgar in 1805, and how she came to be preserved. A valuable book for students of the age of fighting sail, and a very apt gift for some young person.

New York Military Affairs Symposium

Slick and colourful…nautical enthusiasts will certainly want this book and others in the series.

Nautical Research Journal

Jonathan Eastland and Iain Ballantyne have created a visually stunning and informative guide.

Olla-Podrida

Jonathan Eastland and Iain Ballantyne have created a visually stunning and informative guide.

Olla-Podrida

This is an excellent book, very well illustrated.

Model Boats

A first rate visual guide to the most famous preserved warship on the planet. The imagery has the "wow" factor. Superbly recorded in sharp detail and rich colour, this is a brilliant showcase. The supporting text tells an absorbing, but easy to read story. If you can't get to see HMS Victory in the flesh, this is the next best way to go aboard.

Warships International Fleet Review

This book is a first rate visual guide. The imagery has the 'Wow!' factor. Superbly recorded in sharp detail and rich colour, the pictures are handsomely composed by award winning photographer Jonathan Eastlan, making this a brilliant showcase for his talents. If you can't get to see HMS Victory 'in the flesh' this is the next best way to experience what it was like to go onboard an 18th Century ship-of-the-line.

Warships International Fleet Review

Almost unprecedented access onboard and the detail of the photography is exquisite.

Marine model magazine November 2011

As one of the most famous ships in the world, HMS Victory has been caught on camera countless times. But Jonathan Eastland thought he could show Nelson's flagship in a new light.

Portsmouth News
 Iain Ballantyne

About Iain Ballantyne

In a twenty-six year career as a journalist, Iain Ballantyne has written on naval and military matters for publications as varied as The Naval Architect, Evening Herald (Plymouth) and FOCUS (now BBC FOCUS).

However, it was for his work over the past decade, as Editor of the global naval news magazine WARSHIPS International Fleet Review, that Iain received a Special Recognition Award from the British Maritime Charitable Foundation in late 2007.

An established author of naval history books, Iain has written various titles published by Pen & Sword, including HMS Rodney, HMS London, Strike from the Sea, HMS Victory and Killing the Bismarck.

Iain received a ‘Certificate of Merit’ from Countess Mountbatten of Burma, the President of the Maritime Foundation, at the Maritime Media Awards 2010. A distinguished panel of judges paid fulsome tribute to Iain’s book, their citation describing ‘Killing the Bismarck’ as ‘a book of intense drama, compiled with painstaking accuracy and vividly portrayed through the meticulous accumulation of first hand witness accounts.’

Iain is married with two young sons and lives in Plymouth.


About Jonathan Eastland

JONATHAN EASTLAND, the renowned maritime photographer and writer, has studied Victory for more than thirty years and taken photographs of every corner of her and of every aspect of her restoration during that period.

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