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Ships' Fastenings : From Sewn Boat to Steamship - Michael McCarthy

Ships' Fastenings

From Sewn Boat to Steamship


Published: 14th September 2005
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Without effective and durable hull fastenings, boats and ships???from the earliest days of seafaring through the twentieth century???could not have plied the seas.

InShips??? Fastenings, this central element of boat construction receives its first detailed study. Author Michael McCarthy offers a fascinating, thorough description of a range from sewn-plank boats of the ancient world and Micronesia to Viking ships, Mediterranean caravels, nineteenth-century ocean clippers, and even steamships.

Along with the comprehensive account of ship fastenings, McCarthy provides a history of many of the discoveries and innovations that accompanied changes in the kinds of fastenings used and the ways they were secured. He discusses copper sheathing, metallurgy, the advent of Muntz metal, rivets of all types, welding in the ancient and modern sense, and the types of non-magnetic fastenings needed on World War II minesweepers. He even takes a glance at the development of underwriting and insurance, because the registries kept by Lloyd???s and others were not only guides to the suitability or a particular ship but also dictated the form and method of fastening.

Ships??? Fasteningswill prove of value to shipbuilders, historians, and archaeologists. It is also written for the enthusiast and amateur boat builder.

Preface -- Introduction -- 1. Fastened without nails : the sewn boat -- 2. The advent of metals -- 3. Metal fastenings on the sewn-plank boat -- 4. Fastened with metal and wood -- 5. Clinker shipbuilding -- 6. Carvel building in northern Europe -- 7. The manufacture of fastenings -- 8. Sheathing : the key to copper and copper-alloy fastenings -- 9. The advent of Muntz Metal through to the composite ship -- 10. Registers, treatises, and contemporary accounts -- 11. The archaeological evidence -- 12. Iron and steel ships -- 13. Modern terminology -- Conclusion -- Appendix : explanatory notes on metallic fastenings -- Notes -- References -- Index.

ISBN: 9781603446211
ISBN-10: 1603446214
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 14th September 2005
Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
Edition Number: 1