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An History of Marine Architecture

An History of Marine Architecture
Including an Enlarged and Progressive View of the Nautical Regulations and Naval History, Both Civil and Military, of All Nations, Especially of Great Britain

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Naval and Military History

  • Date Published: August 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108084109

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  • After completing his studies at Trinity College, Oxford, John Charnock (1756–1807) joined the Royal Navy as a volunteer. Though details of his career at sea are lacking, he is known to have embarked on assiduous research into historical and contemporary naval affairs, and he cultivated contacts with many serving officers. His six-volume Biographia Navalis (1794–8), flawed yet still useful, is also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection. Published in three volumes from 1800 to 1802, the present work stands as the first serious study of naval architecture in Britain in particular, while also noting major developments in Europe and beyond. The volumes are illustrated throughout with numerous designs of vessels. Volume 1 traces marine architecture from the ancients to the fifteenth century. Volume 2 gives significant space to the navies of the Tudors and Stuarts, and changes in Europe up to the end of the seventeenth century. Volume 3 covers the eighteenth century.

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    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108084109
    • length: 1556 pages
    • dimensions: 296 x 210 x 92 mm
    • weight: 4.05kg
    • contains: 100 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Dedication
    1. Introductory chapter
    2. The science of shipbuilding
    3. Of the different vessels
    4. Of commerce
    5. The advancement of the art
    6. The different species of timber used by the ancients
    7. Description of the vessels employed by the Grecians
    8. The construction and proportions adopted by the ancients in building commercial vessels
    9. Cursory remarks on the rapid improvement of marine architecture
    10. The conduct of Genseric
    11. Remarks on the account of the expedition of Belisarius
    12. Principal causes of the want of scientific information in respect to the marine architecture of the ancients
    13. Causes of the decline and contracted pursuit of naval war as well as commerce
    14. Description of the gallies or vessels built for the emperor of the east
    15. The sudden appearance of the Normans as a naval power
    16. Insignificant state of the Genoese previous to the tenth century
    17. Rapid decline of the eastern empire. Volume 2:
    1. State of the Venetian and Genoese marine
    2. Account of the British navy
    3. State of the British navy under Edward VI and Mary
    4. Internal or civil regulations
    5. Civil economy of the royal navy in the reigns of Henry VII and VIII
    6. Number of ships built for the public service
    7. The condition of the Venetian, Genoese, Spanish, French and Dutch marine
    8. State of the British navy at the accession of James I
    9. Report of the commissioners
    10. Continuation of the report
    11. Squadrons fitted our against the Algerines
    12. State of the Venetian and Genoese marine
    13. The maritime power of the United Provinces
    14. State of the Russian marine
    15. Political situation of Great Britain after the death of Charles I
    16. Flourishing state of the British navy
    17. Active measures taken by King William
    18. Principles of marine architecture. Volume 3:
    1. Political account of the different navies of Europe
    2. Improvements in marine architecture
    3. The British navy at the commencement of the eighteenth century
    4. Conditions of the different navies of Europe
    5. State of the British marine
    6. Effects of war on the Spanish marine
    7. The British navy in 1739
    8. Alterations to the principles of construction
    9. Avidity for maritime pursuits
    10. Comparative view of the naval powers in Europe
    11. Ships built for the Royal Navy from 1700 to 1800
    12. Marine belonging to the different African powers
    13. General principles of marine architecture
    14. The different formation of the bow
    15. Obscurity of the terms used in marine architecture
    16. Causes of the imperfections in marine architecture.

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    John Charnock

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