1st.ed., 1984. 161 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs, plans, drawings, etc. D.j., 24 x 19cm. FINE. Photographic postcard of HMS VICTORIA (1859) tipped in. Between the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and the building of Britain's first ironclad in 1860, the construction, hull design, armament and propulsion of the battlefleet changed beyond all recognition. This is the first book to study the advances upon ship design over this period and to analyse their importance in international politics. Many of the author's conclusions challenge the accepted view and Dr. Lambert throws new light on many aspects of the subject. He examines the sailing battlefleet of 1815-1847, the new steam battlefleet and the Crimea, and the alarms and emergencies of 1858-1861 that sparked off the first ever arms race. Profusely illustrated with photographs and plans, the tabular-appendices detail for the first time all the wooden steam battleships built or converted in the world's fleets.