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The 50-Gun Ship (Shipshape) Hardcover – January, 2004
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The second section of the book looks at the ships themselves, examining: general layout; manpower and accommodation; masts and rigging; fittings; armament; stores; costs and funding; and how they were used in service.
Throughout the book there are lots of superb period diagrams showing you what the ships looked like and how they changed. There is a very nice cutaway drawing of each deck on the HMS Leopard. All ships of this class seem to be mentioned, described and you get a real sense of what the ships were like and how they compared with one another.
If you have an ancestor who served in the navy on one of these ships, or have a general interest in ships then this volume will give you plenty of details for you to explore.
This is a soft-cover edition of the book originally published in 1997 by Chatham Publishers.
Many lines plans and drawings are provided. Regretably, most are reproduced far too small to be of benefit to the modeler. The book would have been better with fewer, but larger, lines plans.
Like every Chatham press book I've seen, the binding of the paperback version is poor, and can be expected to come apart quickly.