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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 2. The Art of Sail-Making

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Naval and Military History

  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108026529

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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 2, reissued here in the 1809 edition, describes the art of sailmaking, the technical terms relating to it, the tools required, the quality of canvas used for different sails in naval and merchant vessels, and how to calculate the quantities needed.

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    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108026529
    • length: 206 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.27kg
    • contains: 66 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Alphabetical explanation of the technical terms relative to sails, and description of the tools used in sail-making
    2. Description and use of sails
    3. General rules and instructions for sail-making
    4. Rules for ascertaining the quantity of canvas contained in the different sails
    5. A table of the number of reefs, points, rope-bands, and gaskets, used in fitting of sails
    6. Particular directions for making every sail
    7. The quality of canvas of which the different sails are made in the Royal Navy
    8. The quality of canvas of which the different sails are made in the merchant-service
    9. Parliamentary regulations relative to sails and sail-cloth.

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    David Steel

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