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The Story of Sail: Illustrated with 1000 Scale Drawings (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1999

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Illustrated with 1000 scale drawings, this book depicts the whole 6000-year history of the sailing ship from the Bronze Age to the present. From the earliest known craft of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, via the great age of European expansion, to the final surviving sailing ships of this century every major step in the development of the sailing ship is illustrated - and reproduced to standard scales to make comparisons both easy and meaningful. Organised by period and theme, the text describes each ship type and points up the salient features of every vessel.


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Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The Story of Sail features over 1000 scale drawings of sailboats and provides a beautiful history of sail, from its earliest beginnings to modern times. No color photos of vessels here, but the intricate scale drawings are the draw and provide outstanding detail.
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HASH(0x9148fb1c) von 5 Sternen An outstanding history and reference compendium. 4. April 2000
Von Midwest Book Review - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
The Story of Sail features over 1000 scale drawings of sailboats and provides a beautiful history of sail, from its earliest beginnings to modern times. No color photos of vessels here, but the intricate scale drawings are the draw and provide outstanding detail.
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HASH(0x91496ef4) von 5 Sternen Gorgeous example of the illustrator's art 6. November 2003
Von Michael K. Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This is one of those collections of extraordinarily detailed and extremely exact drawings that will keep you poring over it with an enlarging lens for weeks. More than 1,000 technical line drawings by a very skilled illustrator takes you from prehistoric bladder-floats and Assyrian reed boats, through Roman grain carriers and Columbus's little PINTA (a "caravela redonda") and West Indiamen of the 18th century, right up to a modern Japanese motor junk and even the KON-TIKI, not to mention every rigged warship and clipper you ever heard of. And scores of variations on the common fishing boat. And Antarctic exploration vessels. And modern pleasure yachts. And on and on and on! Woodman's equally clear and detailed explanatory text is icing on the cake. The whole thing is printed on heavy coated paper, which greatly enhances the detail. This is not at all a cheap book, but if this subject fascinates you (as it does me), it's definitely the best thing out there.
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HASH(0x914964bc) von 5 Sternen More boats than you can shake a stick at! 22. November 2002
Von Tony Watson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Mr.Woodman (of the Nathaniel Drinkwater novels fame) shows the depth of his experience and research in the accompanying text to Mr.Laszlo's finely detailed scale drawings, which cover the 5,000 or so years of sailing development.
As far as I know, this is the only place where you will find the whole history of sail, with typical craft from all the sailing countries in one volume.
Logically arranged in roughly chronological order, we see the development from sail-assistance (galleys), through square- and lateen-rigs to the full ship & clipper rig of the19thC and modern solid sails. Here the devotee of nautical literature can see at a glance the difference between a brig and a snow, and why a settee is not a lateen rig.
The chapters on small working boats from all countries is very useful, especially for the fine detail of standing and running rigging. Of particular interest to the modeller is the section on ship's boats, which includes the sail rigs employed and seating arrangements.
The sections on eastern craft are particularly interesting, as we rarely see these depicted as scale drawings... Here we see junks, sampans, proas, prahus, catamarans, dhows, booms, sambuks etc.
A wonderful book, that I recommend to anyone with a passing interest in sail. *****
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HASH(0x9149a0e4) von 5 Sternen amazing book 20. Juni 2011
Von Nelson Heddle - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I build ships in bottles and this book is full of scaled ship drawings along with infomation on each ship plus a bibliograpy that can be used for more information. Great for model ship builders or historical information.
HASH(0x9149a294) von 5 Sternen A Wonderful Resource For Maritime History Buffs 31. Dezember 2012
Von Robert R. Little - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I first read "The Story of Sail" in 2000, not long after it was initially published, and was dazzled by the sheer number of drawings it contained. The book is hefty, over three hundred and fifty pages, and hundreds of types illustrated, from the earliest examples of humans learning to harness wind and waves, to experimental sailing craft of the late twentieth century.
As a reference book for the history buff, the book succeeds. As a resource for the student of maritime history, it provides the sources for the drawings, though in some instances a few mistakes were made. One which stood out to me was on page 56, "Nina in 1492 (i)". The authors list the source as Bjorn Landstrom's "Das Schiff" (The Ship); in this case the source should be the same as the Pinta, and even then this points to the book that the drawings were gleaned from (Heinrich Winter's "Die Kolumbuschiffe von 1492"). Which brings me to another minor problem I have with the book; many of these drawings are based upon work found in other books. That in itself is not so troublesome. However, in most cases within this book, the reference tends to stop there. In the case of the aforementioned Nina, the actual source is E.A. D'Albertis' work in 1892.
So the occasional source chase ensues.
Regardless, the book is still a wonderful reference to have. Recommended.
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