Item description for The Complete Encyclopedia of Sailing Ships: 2000 BC - 2006 AD by John Batchelor & Chant Christopher...
Overview Provides a detailed look into the history and technical development of the sailing vessels from a primitive beginning to the present day. Includes sail powered warships, merchant ships, and smaller craft used for fishing and coastal trading. Illustrated throughout by renowned technical artist John Batchelor including stamps and rare photographs.
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Studio: Book Sales, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.21" Width: 6.46" Height: 1.1" Weight: 2.12 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 2008
Publisher Chartwell Books
ISBN 9036617189 ISBN13 9789036617185
Reviews - What do customers think about The Complete Encyclopedia of Sailing Ships: 2000 BC - 2006 AD?
Good book, many typos Dec 1, 2007
This book is good in a general way. The text is clear, the pictures and paper are good and it is very well bound. Now, it has many typographic mistakes which I find inexplicable, since any word processor, not to mention proof-reading, would have corrected them. This editing is a disservice to the author and to the reader. However, a worthy book for the price.
Good but lacking Jun 10, 2007
This book is not Complete, not an Encyclopedia, and not just about ships. It is beautifully produced, but has a number of unfortunate typos. That said, it is still a very good book.
It gives a comprehensive overview of everything with a sail, from ancient Egyptian barges to the latest high-tech super-yachts. There's a wide range of information on each type of ship, with notable and famous examples. There are also a number of entries for famous battles, events and ship's captains.
Unfortunately, given the extravagant title, the lavish production and, of course, the price, I can't help noticing all the areas where it is lacking.
There is no glossary of nautical terms. If you don't know your sprit from your jib, you'll need to do some careful deduction through several chapters to work it out. And some terms are used without any context or explanation by which a beginner might be able to work out the meaning.
Most of the diagrams are too small to read, and often not particularly informative. Most are not labelled at all. There are NO diagrams of the parts of rigging. There are very few diagrams of the deck arrangements, and the vessel type diagrams are neither labelled nor are measurements given.
There is a lot of repetition in some entries, where a type of ship is described and then a specific example is described.
Overall, I would say that if you already know a lot about sailing vessels then you would probably be able to get a lot of useful information out of this book. If you don't, then you will need a lot more information to make sense of it all. The title is very misleading.
Excellent reference for the layman Dec 30, 2006
This excellent and comprehensive text by Bachelor and Chant covers over 4,000 years of naval architecture, specifically focused on the design and, to a lesser extent, construction of sailing vessels over this period. Much like the historical studies of military developments from Osprey, with which I am quite familiar, or perhaps Jane's studies of various modern military hardware, this ambitious work of only 318 pages gives an overview of all of the various ship types, as well as specific named ships themselves, in addition to the technological advances which made them possible. All of this is generously complemented by colorfully rendered pictures and cut-aways that get one feeling the interior of the ship in intimate detail. While not characterized by long-winded and overly technical text due to the encompassing of over 100 ships into the volume, each vessel is accorded more than a few pages, and the descriptions more than adequately describe the vessel's characteristics, particularly as the temporal layout shows each ship type more or less innovations building upon previous technologies. There is only a very simple table of contents, which requires one to revert to the alphabetical index in the back of the book to locate specific vessels and classes, which does detract from ease of reference, and is a bit of a disappointment in this otherwise extraordinary text.