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The History of the American Sailing Navy: The Ships and Their Development Hardcover – August 20, 1998


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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Konecky & Konecky (August 20, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568522223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568522227
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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And it is very well organized.
Alexandre Deusajute
Details regarding the design considerations/proposals, dimensions, number/types of guns, tonnage, performance, etc. are included.
Norbert Huang
A classic book - a must for anyone interested in the history of the ships in the US Navy.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Norbert Huang on December 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
For those who are interested in the technical details of the US Navy sailing ships, this is the book of choice. This is perhaps one of the most complete and thorough research book that covers the history of the sailing ships serving the US Navy. The book's eight chapters plus an appendix covers sail ships that served in the US Navy from the colonial period up to the last one built before the Civil War. Sail ships ranging in sizes from small sloops to large Ship of the Line are covered. Details regarding the design considerations/proposals, dimensions, number/types of guns, tonnage, performance, etc. are included. Detail illustrations are also included.
This book mentions some brief history of some of the sailing vessels but not in detail. So for those who are interested in the history of a particular vessel this is not the book of choice.
Any naval historian, architecture, and those interested in sailing should get this book and will not be disappointed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Lawrenz VINE VOICE on October 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I've always been a American Sailing Navy buff. Though I don't often get into the nitty gritty of the construction of ships or the actual nature of contruction of the ship itself, I have found that Chappelle's "History" is a fantastic resource as one researches and reads about the American sailing navy. I actually have a near-mint first edition copy of it which I value highly.
Chappelle was while he was alive, the foremost expert in the design and evolution of the American sailing Navy. His knowledge and talent was put to good use in writing a book that is still commonly refered to by naval historians over 50 years since it was written.
I do not believe that many books of a similar nature have been written since, possibly because Chappelle was so thorough in his coverage of the subject when he wrote this book.
The book itself chronicals the evolution of the American sailing Navy, from colonial days, before there even was a navy, to the 1850's when steam began to take over. It includes hundreds of diagrams of ships, illustrations, dimentions, and drawings.
So complete is his data, that I know of at least one modelmaker, who's used Chapelle's data extensively in construction of his models.
If you enjoy sailing, or American sailing Navy history, this book is definately worth a look.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "sumocat" on May 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Howard Chapelle probably is personally responsible for documenting over a dozen types of uniquely American sailing vessel types and numerous small craft that would have otherwise been lost to the ravages of time and so called, "progress".
Who better to research and write a history of the American Navy during the glory days of sail, 1775-1854. His direct access to Navy documentation, redrawing of original sketches (drawn plans were not the norm in this era), and interpretation of sail plans and rigging, add up to a well written, fascinating account of the early shipbuilder's, Naval Constructors, and misguided politics and shenanigans of our fledgling Navy department.
One can almost come to grips with how the current Department of Defense collectively thinks, and why nothing is ever as simple as it seems it should be.
No matter if you are a student of naval architecture, or just love sailing ships, the wonderful illustrations and informative text are a delight to read and the tables of information invaluable to the scale modeler.
A definate must for every sailor's (or Horatio Hornblower wannabe's) reference shelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexandre Deusajute on August 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a very good book !!! It has several historical detailed information. And it is very well organized. The plans and pictures are incredible !
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