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

Ships' Fastenings

From Sewn Boat to Steamship


Published: 14th September 2005
Format: PDF
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In this first detailed study of hull fastenings, Michael McCarthy describes those found on ships throughout the ages, from sewn-plank boats of the ancient world and Micronesia to Viking ships, Mediterranean caravels, nineteenth-century ocean clippers, and steamships. McCarthy also provides a history of many discoveries and innovations that accompanied changes in the kinds of fastenings used and the way they were secured—such as copper sheathing, metallurgy, and welding. Underwriting and insurance are also discussed, since the registries kept by Lloyd’s and others dictated the form and method of fastening. This book will interest not only archaeologists and historians, but also boat builders and enthusiasts.

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