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The Master Shipwright's Secrets


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A comprehensively researched and beautifully illustrated history of 17th-century shipbuilding practice. The Master Shipwright’s Secrets uses the construction of King Charles II’s warship Tyger, as well as the Mordaunt, St Albans and associated ships, to reveal the techniques employed by those who created the Restoration Navy.

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Foreword: Charles Berkeley Introduction: The Master Shipwright’s Secrets in Relation to the Tyger 1: The Master Shipwright’s Considerations 2: Inventions and Innovations 3: No Such Thing as the Tyger 4: Planning a New Tyger 5: John Shish’s Account of the Dimensions of a Ship 6: The Draught of the New Tyger 7: Building the New Tyger 8: The New Tyger Commissioned 9: The Tyger’s Guns 10: Contemporary Shipbuilding Contracts Unveiled Appendix 1: The Medway Warrant Appendix 2: The Mordaunt Survey Endnotes Index

About the Author

Richard Endsor is an engineer by profession, but has devoted considerable time to researching 17th-century ships – his project on the Lenox took twelve years to complete. Richard was a trustee of the Nautical Museum Trust and is a member of the Society for Nautical Research. He has had numerous articles published in Mariner's Mirror and is also an accomplished artist, having exhibited at the RSMA exhibition. He also lectures widely on maritime topics.


A remarkable piece of work.
*J D Davies, Historian and Author*

This splendid book will appeal to maritime historians, archaeologists, model-makers and nautical enthusiasts across the board.
*The Nautical Archaeology Society*

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