Jan Adkins Wooden Ship is the chronicle of a ship s birth from the need and idea of a new vessel we see her abuilding in the mind of her designer, in the timbers of her ribs, in the tools and skills of her workmen We follow her as she grows, as she disappears out to sea in search of whales and riches, and beyond Wooden Ship reaches back to the year 1868 and brings to us a vision of life and vitality woven around the mythical whaleship Ulysses We see the workmen and their work as if caught in amber, demonstrating their crafts, shaping a great world cruising ship that bears away their arts, New Bedford s hopes and our imaginations....
|Publisher||:||Wooden Boat Publications Reprint edition November 1, 2004|
|Number of Pages||:||48 pages|
|File Size||:||888 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Wooden Ship Reviews
Here's something I never knew: the oak keel that formed the backbone of a 100-foot whaling ship built in the 1860's, was almost 6 feet in depth.
I am researching wooden shipbuilding for a novel involving 19th Century whaling in New England. The book is very informative and clearly written. I would recommend it as your first read on this subject. Pay particular attention to the illustrations. Since they show human figures, they give you a good idea of scale. They also give you a very good idea of the tools involved although the use of these tools is not explained at the craftsman level.
If you like wood boats & square sails this is a very nice "Feel Good" book. You will not learn how to build a whaling ship but you will gain an insight into its construction.
"Wooden Ship" has a writing style and simple drawings that at first look rather like a children's book (which it may be). However, the drawings are accurate and informative, the nomenclature (of various ship parts) is careful and accurate, and the story line is complete. Rather than showing some part of a wooden ship, with a label, like "keel", the illustration shows some shipwrights making a keel. Accurately.
Not totally what I am looking for, but very informative. Good starting place.
It arrived in good condition
This short book is outstanding. Have you ever wondered how on earth the old shipwrights built 100' and longer vessels on the shore of a bay or lake? You may have seen half hull models before, but did you know how they were used to "Loft" the design into the ribs and structure of the real ship? This tells a story of the plan and execution of the building of ships more than a hundred years ago, with great illustrations that bring it to life, and understanding. It is inspiring, truly educational, and answered for me many questions on "how on earth did they do that with the tools of the day"?