Glasgow, rep., 1949. Xi + 300 pp., frontis., + 51 plates (1 fldg.) & 181 ills in text. D.j., 25. x 19cm. Head & tail of dust jacket torn with small loss, o/w V.G. Underhill’s detailed study of the masts and rigging of sailing vessels was first published in 1946 and has long been the standard work on the subject. He examines the final developments of the square-riggers and explores in depth the principles of rig and rigging, masts and spars, as used by wooden, iron and steel sailing vessels in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He also describes the different standing and running rigging, unusual rigs, different blocks and tackle and in addition to the deep-sea windjammer, he includes coastal and smaller sailing craft. Illustrated with 52 plates and 181 drawings, the author was the first to cover ships of the iron and steel periods – Paris and Steel and their contemporaries dealt only with wooden ships – and he provides a mine of information for both the ship-modeller and for all who are interested in commercial sail.