10.08.2017

Another book by Peter Goodwin, one of the world respected and recognized experts and writers on the sailing warships of the past. The publication keeps the brilliant tradition of the series. The research performed by the author is perfect and thorough, covering all stages of the development as well as remarkable service life of the vessel. The ship modelers will definitely appreciate the efforts made by the author as they are getting the invaluable source of detailed technical info and images aimed to make the process of building the model of Granado much easier and smooth.

Apart from the model makers, the publication will be very good for anyone willing to learn something new on this warships and on the general construction of the old-time warships. The book features many first-class photographs taken a model exposed in the National Maritime Museum. The line drawing details are very informative and comprehensive. We were really impressed with the attention paid by the author to the details, such as masts, various rigging, sails, planking etc.

This book is a genuine dream for the ship model maker - moreover, historians will also find it nice due to the historical background and measurements provided for this old and classic ship.

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10.08.2017

This publication by Al Ross belonging to the Anatomy of the Ship series from Conway Maritime Press is dedicated to the famous escort carrier Gambier Bay, which was a Casablanca class mid-was carrier serving within the United States Navy Fleet. The book addresses the remarkable service history of the carrier, machinery, hull structure and general arrangement, fire control equipment, radar, catapult, searchlights, armament, boats and camouflage, and, of course, aircraft.

The drawings provided in the publication depict general arrangement of the ship, machinery, construction details, lines, fittings, armament, rig, boats, camouflage, battle damage and flight deck arrangements. In general, the publication follows the usual established format, and consists of the historical and descriptive parts, followed by a group of images and many detailed drawings of the USS Gambier Bay.

For sure, all readers will gain a significant amount of understanding of the construction and specific features of this class of ships, and this fact makes us consider this book very useful for the naval enthusiasts, ship model makers and all other people willing to know a bit more about the naval ships and wars of the past.

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10.08.2017

Another title of the Anatomy of the Series - this one is some sort of tribute to Lawhill, the last of those great barques that made a living in the last century. Though the ships in question have almost disappeared from the world's oceans, there are still some of them remaining - they are either moored as museum ships or converted to the sailing ships used for training the future seamen. This collection compiled by three authors - Kenneth Edwards, Roderick Anderson and Richard Cookson, contains so much of valuable contemporary material like records, drawings and images, making this volume a very useful reference book for any naval history enthusiast.

For most of the people interested in marine history, these barques are mostly associated with the famous grain races of the past. The four- and five-masted ships were the ultimate sailing vessels, and the one to which the present book is dedicated, Lawhill, was one of the largest barques. This is definitely the must-have book and one of the most important and informative ones for every naval enthusiast interested in the last days of the greatest sailing vessels. We do recommended it to everyone as we recommend any other Anatomy of the Ship publication.

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10.08.2017

One more good book with so much of finest technical information and so many detailed drawings on the Agassiz. We would highly recommend this publication to people who are willing to get some better knowledge of the inside and outside of this type of vessel. In fact, this book is a complete technical work performed by the authors, John McKay and John Harland, on the Flower Class corvette.

The draftsmanship in this book is perfect, and every frame, beam and strength member is depicted in detail. This book will be invaluable for the naval history fans as well as for the modelers. Talking about Flower class vessels, they were legendary and typified the war against the submarines of Hitler's fleet. Featuring a novel whale catcher design, those ships were pressed into service as they could be built in large series and relatively fast - of course this is very important when there is a war.

The amateur naval architects will find this book very useful since it contains superbly detailed and informative diagrams supplemented with twenty-eight transverse sections of the hull made in 1:96 scale. The general naval architects will appreciate the deck plans and profile views, including cross-sections of anti-submarine weapons and other related ammunition.

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10.08.2017

This thorough and very interesting study performed by David White has been based on the Admiralty Collection in the Draught Room of the National Maritime Museum. There are about eight thousand detailed draughts in this collection, of which roughly one-quarter relate to frigates. Thirty-eight of these ships belong to the Artois class and, according to the catalogue, ten of them represent Diana. But, we cannot say this is correct. Draught number 1883, the sheer draught, is the original Navy Board copy for building the class and has several projected modifications overdrawn on it-one of them for a thirty-six-gun version.

The inside and outside planking expansions, under the draughts reference numbers 1884 and 1884A, remain mysteries. They are dated 'Deptford Yard 14 May 08' and as far as can be ascertained no ship of the class was ever in the state depicted. Circumstantial evidence in other fields points to them being academic exercises only. Many other channels have been explored and re-explored in order to obtain accurate and authentic information to present it to the readers. Some of the major ones are listed at the end of the Introduction under the heading 'Sources'. To list them all would require a further volume.

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10.08.2017

The origins of the light cruiser can be easily traced back to the so-called "protected cruisers" of the late nineteenth century. These designers of these vessels implemented a new feature - they came to the decision to eschewe side armour in favour of a protective deck at about waterline level over the machinery department as well as other spaces that were considered vital for the vessel, and although they tended to be smaller than the regular armoured cruisers, there were so many examples of very large protected cruisers, like the British Powerful and Terrible at fourteen thousand tons.

Simultaneously, much smaller cruisers were being built for use as fleet scouts and leaders of destroyer flotillas and at first these vessels had some deck protection but later classes adopted limited side armour as well. The readers will definitely see a true Italian touch in the design, construction and arrangement of Bartolomeo Colleoni - this can be felt even looking at the accommodation drawings. The remarkable research work performed by the duet of expert authors, Franco and Valerio Gay, is wonderful, taking into account the outstanding level of drawings and details provided even down to the sidearms...

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10.08.2017

At 11:35 on 28 March 1942, at St Nazaire, France, the air was suddenly shattered by a thunderous explosion in the bows of an old destroyer lodged in the caisson of Normandie Loск. The forward half of the vessel, and a large number of unfortunate German soldiers inspecting her, were vapourized. The caisson was breached and what remained of the old destroyer was washed into the lock by the resulting inrush of water, effectively eliminating St Nazaire as a repair facility for Tirfntz. So ended the career of HMS Campbeltown (former USS Buchanan).

HMS Campbeltown was one of fifty obsolete flush-decked destroyer vessels which were transferred to the Royal Navy in exchange for leases on some British bases along the Atlantic seaboard. In May 1940, Prime Minister Churchill made his first request for destroyers to President Roosevelt. The Royal Navy's destroyer forces were essential to ensure the flow of materials to the island nation, but had suffered heavy losses in the first months of the World War II. Although the RN had 433 destroyers in service at the end of the World War I, it began the Second with only 184 available.

Despite the construction of 21 new destroyers during the first year of the new war, heavy losses, particularly those associated with the evacuations of Norway and Dunkirk, had brought this number down to 171. At first, Roosevelt was reluctant to countenance the transfer. There were several reasons for this...

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09.08.2017

Designed with mass production in mind, the England was typical of the scores of long-hulled destroyer escorts built during the Second World War. Of all-welded construction, England's hull was a flush-deck design incorporating both longitudinal and transverse framing. Water-tight integrity was enhanced by 11 water-tight bulkheads, pierced by watertight hatches only on the first platform deck level.

Below the first platform deck, access to all water-tight compartments was limited to water-tight scuttles fitted to the decks above. Further protection was ensured by longitudinal bulkheads aft and forward of the engineering spaces - those spaces were extending from keel to main deck between frames 59 and 113. The engineering spaces were staggered to enhance powerplant survivability and were arranged: fire room (boiler room), engine room, fire room, engine room.

The forward pair normally serviced the starboard shaft; the after pair the port shaft. The engineering spaces could only be reached vertically from the main deck. Fuel oil was stored in compartments forward and aft of the engineering spaces below the 2nd platform deck and reserve feed water tanks were fitted outboard in both fire rooms...

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