Originally published in 1990, this classic work has been reprinted, with more extensive illustrations. Beginning with the structural innovations of the gifted Robert Seppings, the book traces the gradual introduction of more scientific methods and the advent of steam and the paddle fighting ship, iron hulls and screw propulsion. It analyses the performance of the fleet in the war with Russia (1853-1856), and concludes with the design of the Warrior, the first iron-hulled, seagoing capital ship in the world.
A gripping and authoritative history of the transition from sail to steam in the Royal Navy.
BigJules Blog - Julian Stockwin
This comprehensive work is well structured and is an excellent reference work for all those who wish to know more about the French Navy which receives far less attention than it's main rival the Royal Navy. As the cover description says, it is possible to form a clear picture of the overall development of French warships in the latter half of the sailing era and into the age of steam when it started to recover from it's wartime losses and through technical innovation and invention produced some of the most advanced ships of the age. Recommended.
Historical Naval Fiction - David Hayes
Scotland's maritime story is significant to the development of the Empire and the placing of British manufactured goods in a category of their own, the envy of the world... The author has told the story very well and included some very interesting images in support of the text.
Every so often I find a book which is a sheer delight and the arrival of this particular work was such an occasion. This is a beautiful product with historic B&W pictures of the highest quality on almost every page. Overall, the book tells the story of different ship types through time and the way in which their design evolved. To support that story the author skilfully includes the right picture to match the text - at exactly the right time, often using whole or half-page images.
Suffice to say I really cannot recall ever having read such an educational and informative product about steel-hulled ships and the evolutionary process they underwent. In addition, I will never tire of looking at photographs of historic ships and this work had provided enough interest to last me a very long time indeed.