Patterson's Illustrated Nautical Dictionary

Author(s) Captain Howard Patterson
Publisher New York City
Date 1891
Pages 456
Format pdf
Size 24 Mb







Here is one of the most old and rare titles available on the website, it was first released in 1891 and written by the professional Captain Howard Patterson. The main idea of the author is to give clear and understandable explanations of the essential maritime terminology to the people having little to no experience and knowledge. There are five main sections in the dictionary.

The first section is dealing with the various parts of the ship, including the rigging, sails, spars etc.; note that the nautical expressions are also covered. The second section is dealing with the shipbuilding, covering both metal ship construction and wooden one, used to be mostly used at those times. The third section is in fact a good digest on the nautical astronomy and ship navigation.

Steam engineering terminology has been covered in the fourth section of the book, addressing the various parts of the marine boilers. Finally, the closing section of the dictionary has been devoted to the naval terms including, but not limited to the main particulars of the naval ships, ordnance, uniforms and other important aspects. There are many modern electronic dictionaries available today, but this one is a real treasure for the collectors.

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