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Naval Shipbuilders of the World: From the Age of Sail to the Present Day Hardcover – April 12, 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Chatham Publishing (April 12, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186176121X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861761217
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,615,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The book by Robert Winklareth has undoubtedly a unique place among books concerning naval history. There are some books dedicated to history of individual shipbuilders, but this is probably the first book describing history of naval shipbuilders throughout the world.
The book consists of 12 chapters, glossary, bibliography, and index (384 pages of text plus 16 pages of illustrations). After introductory chapter about evolution of naval shipbuilding follows a description of all naval shipbuilders, country by country. Each chapter is dedicated to any of major naval powers (UK, USA, France, Japan, Germany, Italy, Russia, The Netherlands) or groups of states (Scandinavia, Other European Nations, The Rest of World). There is a clear attempt to describe history of all naval shipbuilders and even naval facilities involved in maintenance of warships. Description of each shipbuilder usually includes its location, history, and names of major warships built there (however, there is not a separately list of those warships - their names are mentioned throughout the text). Description of major shipbuilders is usually accompanied by a simple scheme/map showing location of docks, slipways, basins, and other facilities. There are also simple maps showing location of dockyards, shipyards, and naval bases.
Not surprisingly, the most detailed description relates to shipbuilders from the UK and the USA. Comprehensive description is dedicated also to shipbuilders from France, Japan, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands (description of Russian shipbuilders will be examined separately). Shipbuilders of other countries are described sufficiently, although usually not in more detail.
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I got this book only today and had a quick browse through it.

The book covers a total of 26 shipbuilding nations. However, most of the countries get very basic coverage. Britain gets 91 pages of coverage, the US 85. Then it's Germany with 31, Italy 21, France 17, Japan 16, Russia 15, Netherlands 11, Denmark 6. The rest - Norway, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Austria-Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Poland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, China, Argentina, Brazil and Chile - get three or four pages at most, and usually only one or two. Given that each chapter attempts to cover the entire shipbuilding history of that country from antiquity, you can imagine how basic some of these chapters are.

I personally am not bothered by the disproportionate coverage given to the US and Britain because these are the two countries whose shipbuilding programs are of most interest to me. But I have to wonder what the point is of having a third of the book dedicated to a handful of pages for each of these other countries. I think the author would have been better to just concentrate on the US and Britain and forget the rest. He might then have given really comprehensive coverage to these two nations at least.

Instead, the book mostly covers only major naval shipyards, which is to say, shipyards (both commercial and government run) which have built capital warships. There is little coverage given to major commercial shipyards which built naval auxiliaries (unless they also built capital ships). There is also virtually nothing here about the smaller but still significant naval yards.
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The portion devoted to Great Britain was most detailed and fascinating, the rest was rather drear. The effort was outstanding on the English and well worth the price. Recommend digging deeper into the English efforts. Thanks, Harry!
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