Synopses & Reviews
With the sweep of its bow, its graceful lines, and its clouds of canvas, the clipper ship sparked a romance with the American public that still endures 150 years later.
The public fervor surrounding locally built clippers generated intense intercity rivalries--and a new type of thinking. Ships suddenly were christened with romantic names; interior decor of passenger-carrying vessels reached a new level of embellishment. Pushed by their masters, who drove them as no ships had been driven before, clippers reached and maintained speeds that were previously unheard of, setting records for sailing ship passages that were never to be surpassed. Their heyday was astonishingly brief--by the 1860s giving way to safer, more commodious, iron steamships, which were not at the mercy at the wind.
The product of more than 35 years of exacting research, The American-Built Clipper Ship presents in exquisite detail 152 clippers that comprise the culmination of the shipbuilders' art. Every facet of clipper ship design and construction is covered, including wood species, scantlings, fastenings, midship sections, interior living areas, and details of scarphs, keels, stem- and stern-post assemblies, frames, timbers, and bracing--all included in some 160 intricately drawn illustrations by a man whose unequaled work has earned him a national following among modelers and maritime museum directors. This is possibly the most complete reference on clipper ship construction ever published. No other single source covers so many vessels in such detail.
The American-Built Clipper Ship will be an invaluable resource for historians, model builders, and maritime artists, as well as for any newcomer who is only now learning how addictive the subject can become.
Long of line, incredibly fleet, with tall, raking masts and clouds of sail, the great Yankee clipper ships stir dreams of romance and adventure. This book, the most important and detailed ever to appear on clipper ships, is the fruit of 35 years of research. Lavishly pictorial, it's a boon to maritime historians, model makers, and dreamers alike.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 506-) and index.
Table of Contents
Lists of American-Built Clipper Ships, 1850 - 1856
Alphabetical List of Vessels
Chronological List of Vessels
Part I Prelude to Building the Ship
Chapter 1 Preparation for Construction
Chapter 2 Woods Used in Construction of the Clippers
Chapter 3 General Characteristics of Clipper Ship Hulls
Chapter 4 Fastenings, Hole Borers, and Fasteners
Chapter 5 Scarphs
Chapter 6 Representative Midship Sections
Part II Construction of the Hull
Chapter 7 Keel Assembly
Chapter 8 Stem and Sternpost Assemblies
Chapter 9 Square Frames and Floors
Chapter 10 Keelson and Deadwood Assemblies
Chapter 11 Half Frames, Cant Frames; Bow and Stern Timbering
Chapter 12 Diagonal Iron Bracing; Hull Stiffening; Hold Ceiling
Chapter 13 Stanchions
Chapter 14 Beams and Knees
Chapter 15 Hooks and Pointers
Chapter 16 Mast Steps, Trusses, and Bracing
Chapter 17 Waterways, Binding Strakes, and Tween-Decks Ceiling
Chapter 18 Planksheer, Rails, and Bulwarks