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The Elements and Practice of Rigging, Seamanship, and Naval Tactics

The Elements and Practice of Rigging, Seamanship, and Naval Tactics

Volume 4. Theory and Practice of Seamanship and Naval Tactics


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Naval and Military History

  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108026543

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  • David Steel was one of the most respected and prolific naval publishers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His publications focused on naval strategy and shipbuilding techniques. This influential four-volume work, first published in 1794, was the first comprehensive English manual of best naval practice. Designed for aspiring young officers, it established Steel's reputation as a publisher. The book describes theoretical and practical aspects of masts, rigging, and sails, and the science of sailing. The combination of practical advice supported by scientific and mathematical explanations and numerous illustrations provides valuable insights into British seamanship during the Napoleonic wars. Volume 4, reissued here in the 1807 edition, explains how to perform standard manoeuvres including anchoring, mooring, getting under sails, and tacking, as well as naval skills such as chasing and boarding other vessels.

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    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108026543
    • length: 468 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 34 b/w illus. 108 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Seamanship: The practice of working ships
    2. River-moorings
    3. Of the ballast and ladings
    4. On bending sails
    5. Of getting under sails
    6. Of anchoring
    7. On mooring
    8. Of getting up or weighing anchor
    9. On tacking
    10. On veering
    Of lying-to
    11. Of sounding
    12. On ships driving
    13. On setting and taking-in sails in blowing weather
    14. Of a ship overset on her side
    15. On chasing
    16. Of boarding
    17. Capt. Pakenham's inventions
    18. Explanation of the terms used in seamanship
    19. The theory of working ships
    20. A system of naval tactics.

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    David Steel

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