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That looks like the 1919 by Davis.  A very good overview but, and this is the key to using any reference, the value depends on the degree of historical accuracy you desire.  The higher the level of period accuracy desired, the more important contemporary records and resources become.


This is a good reference for general wooden shipbuilding, though not specific to period, nation or vessel.

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Gidday Andre,

I am a big fan of historical literature for Ships and Automobiles. This is fascinating.  It is relevant but obviously is on a hugely different scale. I often wonder where all that machinery is today.  I don't suppose we have the timber supplies left anyway. 



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It is also explains why large wooden ships were obsolete by the end of the Nineteenth Century (but temporarily resurrected to meet WW I shipping needs).  The huge wooden keelsons required to reinforce these long inherently flexible structures seriously reduce space to haul cargo.


Of interest is a midships section of a design by Frank Kirby, the preemenant Naval architect on the Great Lakes at the time.  Kirby’s design uses steel to reinforce critical areas of the structure.


Roger Pellett

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