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Ships and Shipbuilders (ePub)

Outstanding Innovators and Inventors

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By Fred M Walker
Seaforth Publishing
File Size: 21.7 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781783830404
Published: 5th May 2010

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In the past three centuries the ship has developed from the relatively unsophisticated sail-driven vessel which would have been familiar to the sailors of the Tudor navy, to the huge motor-driven container ships, nuclear submarines and vast cruise liners that ply our seas today. Who were the innovators and builders who, during that span of time, prompted and instigated the most significant advances?

In the past three centuries the ship has developed from the relatively unsophisticated sail-driven vessel which would have been familiar to the sailors of the Tudor navy, to the huge motor-driven container ships, nuclear submarines and vast cruise liners that ply our seas today. Who were the innovators and builders who, during that span of time, prompted and instigated the most significant advances?

In this new book the author describes the lives and deeds of more the 120 great engineers, scientists, philosophers, businessmen, shipwrights, naval architects and inventors who shaped ship design and shipbuilding world wide. Covering the story chronologically, and going back briefly even to Archimedes, such well-known names as Anthony Deane, Peter the Great, James Watt, Robert Fulton and Isambard Kingdom Brunel share space with lesser known characters like the luckless Frederic Sauvage, a pioneer of screw propulsion who, unable to interest the French navy in his tests in the early 1830s, was bankrupted and landed in debtor's prison. With the inclusion of such names as Ben Lexcen, the Australian yacht designer who developed the controversial winged keel for the 1983 America's Cup, the story is brought right up to date.

Concise linking chapters place all these innovators in context so that a clear and fascinating history of the development of ships and shipbuilding emerges from the pages. An original and important new reference book.

FRED M WALKER served a shipbuilding apprenticeship at Denny of Dumbarton whilst studying engineering at Glasgow University. He was then Shipyard Manager of Hall Russell before being appointed Naval Architect at the National Maritime Museum. He has been involved in the design of replica ships and serves on the Technical Committee of Lloyd's Register.

…the book is a most interesting read…

Work Boat World, May 2012

The scope of the entries and the lively writing should make the book attractive to even those readers who no not, yet, have maritime leanings – anyone with an interest in human endeavor will find much to occupy the mind here.

Speedreaders

This book is well worth buying, for it is so well written and produced that it must surely be included on the bookshelf of those interested in ships and shipbuilders.

Nautical Magazine

This volume, produced in association wi the Royal Institution of Naval Architec looks at the lives and deeds of ov 130 engineers, scientists, philosophei businessmen, shipwrights, naval architec and inventors who have shaped sh building and design around the world.
The work is divided by date period: 1 1800; 1800-1850; 1850-1900; 1900-1950 an 1950-2000. A couple of these cover gre, periods of progress including the comin of iron and steam in 1800-1850 and th influence of two World Wars in 1900-1951 The earliest influential figure recorded i Archimedes of Syracuse (287-212 bc).
Each section is prefaced by a brk history which places the lives of each c the individuals covered into context. Ther then follows a listing of the individual chronologically arranged by date o birth. These biographies vary in lengtl depending on the subject and some includi a portrait and /or an image of one of thei: achievements.
This is a reference work to be dippec
into as and when required. It gives usefu
information on ship development anc
also on engineers in general, such as Watt,
Brunei. Parsons and Diesel, which makes
it of interest to a wider audience than just
maritime.

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About Fred M Walker

FRED M WALKER served a shipbuilding apprenticeship at Denny of Dumbarton whilst studying engineering at Glasgow University. He was then Shipyard Manager of Hall Russell before being appointed Naval Architect at the National Maritime Museum. He has been involved in the design of replica ships and serves on the Technical Committee of Lloyds Register.

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