- Gebundene Ausgabe: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc; Auflage: UK ed. (26. Mai 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1844861287
- ISBN-13: 978-1844861286
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,7 x 2,4 x 26,7 cm
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HMS Warrior: Victoria's Ironclad Deterrent (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 26. Mai 2011
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Andrew Lambert is Laughton Professor of Naval History in the Department of War Studies at King's College, London. He has written numerous historical works, including the recent bestsellers Admirals: The Naval Commanders Who Made Britain Great (Faber, 2008) and Franklin: Tragic Hero of Polar Navigation (Faber, 2009).
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There's no denying that, when compared with most naval references, this book is visually stunning. There are dozens of sharp, eye-popping photos of "Warrior" as it appears today at the Portsmouth historic dockyard, period photographs and engravings of the ship and other Royal navy ironclads, detailed original plans, and numerous photographs of her massive eight-year restoration. The story of her restoration occupies about half of the this book, and Andrew Lambert does an excellent job describing this arduous process. If anything, he makes me want to jump on a plane and explore every nook and cranny of the ship.
Unfortunately, this book feels painfully lightweight in places, like an overpriced Osprey book. There's very little context provided for the design and construction of the ship, the nature of the Anglo-French naval rivalry, Victorian-era naval strategy and tactics, or English fighting ships built before and after "Warrior." We learn that she was groundbreaking and superior to her French contemporaries, but very little else. There are some mildly interesting sections regarding the unsuccessful breech-loading guns, some of the revolutionary habitability features, and the ship's engine rooms, but again, not a lot of hard details. What really stands out is an appendix providing in-depth structural specifications of the ship, right down to the thickness of the 4th longitudinal (7/16th inch).
I've been re-reading D.K. Brown's rather broad Warrior to Dreadnought: Warship Development, 1860-1905, and was amazed to discover that it provides a deeper understanding of the ship's design in just a few pages than this book does in 224. There's no denying that Warrior was the most powerful and groundbreaking warship of her time, but this book could use more sober analysis and less soap-boxing about how godawful terrible "Gloire" was in comparison. This isn't a bad book, but the subject deserves a more in-depth approach.
I would have given this book five stars except for the way it was printed. Of the 223 pages, 10 are printed on a light tan or orange paper which in not a problem, however 12 are printed on a darkish green and one is printed over a photograph of the ship's deck planking and are VERY difficult to read even with a bright light and strong reading glasses. In addition, the various chapters are separated by pages of color photographs none of which have captions. I really hate it when publishers try to be ARTY and the results make reading very difficult.
A good part of my reading this past 6 months has focused on the "Age of Fighting Sail," but that leads naturally the transition period from wood to armor and the progenitors of the battleship and battle cruiser. A friend who had visited the HMS Victory n Portsmouth mentioned that he actually like the HMS Warrior on that visit even better - and I wanted to know why!
This book is great - has the format of a "coffee-table" book but its contents are much more than "eye candy" - although the photos are absolutely stunning and numerous. It's also chock full of nitty gritty details and statistics. For my part, I especially liked:
a) the biographical details on the brains behind the Warrior - Sir Baldwin Walker
b) the great detail about the actual RFP ("Request for Proposal") as we'd call it these days sent to commercial shipbuilders
c) Of course, the section on the armament/guns were interesting, including the failure of the Armstrong 110-lb guns - but also the interesting arrangements for gunpowder distribution
d) details on the restoration of the Warrior
e) the scale of the ship in comparison to other ships I have visited - more than twice as long (!) as the US's last all-sail ship, the USS Constellation and only a 100-some feet shorter than the USS Texas - no wonder Dickens characterized it as "whale-like in size" - it's impressive!
If there's a fault, it's a bit narrow in its focus, with not to much attention on other armored ships of the era (apart from the French "Gloire") or its influence on other nations (such as the US) in their push for armor as well.
I supplemented the reading - as I often do - by browsing photos on Flickr - there's some absolutely stunning pictures
Still, its focus on the Warrior itself is absolutely great - I hope I get to see it in person some day!