1st.ed., 1987. Xi + 276 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs & drawings. D.j., 30 x 26cm. Nr.FINE. This book was designed to be a companion to James Lee’s Masting & Rigging and to do for hull construction what Lees did for warship top-hamper. The author’s first book, he later became ‘Keeper’ of HMS VICTORY and had the opportunity of putting his theory and knowledge into practice. The book covers in word and picture keel and frames, planking the hull, beams, knees and riders, internal layout, the ‘machinery’ of the ship, internal fittings, external fittings, rigging fittings, hull protection, and contract specifications and full establishment scantlings lists. As a guide to the wooden man-o’-war of 1650 to 1850 it is a useful source of reference for both the student of ship construction and for the model-maker. Profusely illustrated with photographs and detailed drawings.