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The Frigate HMS Trincomalee 1817 (Paperback)

Seaforth Historic Ship Series

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By Wyn Davies, Max Mudie
Seaforth Publishing
Series: Seaforth Historic Ships
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781848322219
Published: 20th May 2015



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HMS Trincomalee belonged to a class of 38-gun Fifth Rates which can claim to have been the Royal navy's standard frigate type for the whole of the Napoleonic Wars. Built in India of teak, she is now beautifully restored at Hartlepool, and can justly claim to be the last of Nelson's frigates. 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 takes 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 gun decks, her mast, spars and rigging, and her aft accommodation – 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, and her career 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.

Spectacular. A first line documentation.

Read the complete review here.

José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM

Max Mudie's superb photography supplies general views of both the exterior and the interior, and also highly detailed photography of fitting and rigging.As usual in such books, the detailed captions to the pictures are as important as the main text.

This book is both an excellent guide to those who can make the visit, and presentation of the ship to those who cannot.

Mariner's Mirror Volume 102:2

[This] is the ideal companion for visitors, setting her in context, outlining her history, then providing an in-depth and lavishly-illustrated guide to the frigate.
Even if you do not plan a visit to County Durham in the near future, the book is an attractive and detailed snapshot of the high-water mark of the Royal Navy sailing frigate.

Navy News

This book is part of the excellent Seaforth Historic Ships Guides series. Trincomalee belongs to a class of 38-gun Fifth Rates, the Royal Navy’s foremost frigate type in the Napoleonic Wars. She is now beautifully restored at Hartlepool, the last of the Nelson era frigates...

... One of the aspects of this book that particularly appeals is the stunning photography by Max Mudie. Mudie’s love of tall ships is evident in the beauty and majesty of his images. The book also contains well-chosen historic images and reference diagrams of deck layout – a splendid production all round.

BigJules Blog

A superbly illustrated tour of the ship.

Warship World

This new book is very accessible ... but with enough detail to satisfy most without being overwhelmed.

Classic Boat

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The book, which includes a historical introduction about the ship, its significance, design and construction, offers readers an illustrated tour from bow to stern and deck-by-deck in 200 photographs, paintings and drawings, taking in everything from the gun decks and accommodation to the mast and rigging.

Sunday Sun
 Wyn Davies

About Wyn Davies

WYNFORD DAVIES specialises in commercial maritime projects and heritage work, and current projects include the restoration of the Medway Queen, a Dunkirk veteran, the submarine Alliance and the White Star Line tender, the Nomadic. Since 1998 he has been a member of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s panel of expert advisors and a monitor for several of their maritime projects, including a major renewal of the main deck of HMS Warrior

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