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Les Vaisseaux de 50 & 64 Canons - Historique 1650-1780
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Les Vaisseaux de 50 & 64 Canons - Historique 1650-1780
After completing the history of the frigate, the next logical step was to begin a study of ships of line in two important volumes. The first, presented here, is dedicated to 50- and 64-gun ships while the second will be devoted to 74- and 120-gun ships.
As we indicate in the table of contents, the first chapter is of a general nature. Written in the style of an essay, it discusses the origin and various aspects of royal vessels. The second chapter, which presents their evolution during the 17th and 18th centuries, required the reproduction of nearly all existing plans for these ships. Many of these documents are in mediocre condition; nevertheless, their inclusion was necessary to our study. The technical nature of this chapter is complemented by the selection of several illustrations by N. Ozanne. Numerous facts on artillery and ship's accommodations, data on costs and ships' weight etc. have been included along with lists of vessels.
The third chapter gave us the opportunity to publish an extraordinary mid-18th century manuscript, Bigot de Morogues's Treatise on Shipbuilding. Its subject is a 64-gun ship, admirably described in the text and illustrated in a set of plates of incomparable quality for the period. The ensemble of text and plates represent a true historical monograph of the period at 1:48 scale.
The final chapter introduces five different models of 64-gun ships in great detail and two large scale models of great archeological interest, preserved in Italian museums in Parma and Bologna. More than 80 photographs with comments by Jean Boudriot allow the reader to appreciate these remarkable models.
This is an extremely rich volume of theretofore unpublished material.
TABLE OF CONTENTS : CHAPTER I
Essay on the origin of the royal fleet: 17th-c. research toward a theory of construction of these ships.
The regulations of 1670-71-73
Counsel on construction
Inspection of shipbuilding
Schools
Individuals and theoreticians
Publications
Models
Master-builders
Conclusion: the statute of 1689
Official texts: 1670-71-73-89

Evolution of the ship in the 18th century
From master-builders to engineers
The Paris School
The French Naval Academy
Statutes of 1765-72 and 1723-1785
Theoretical works
Savants
The end of an era, the 1786 Project
Annual lying down of ships and their builders, 1650-1722 and 1723-1785

Conceptual methodology
The groundwork
The so-called primary method
Method "de la tablette et du trébuchet"
Arc method
Equilateral triangle method
Blaise Pangalo's method
Graphic Method by Projection of Plans
Project for a 64-gun ship

CHAPTER II
Evolution of the 50- and 64-gun ship
Preliminary remarks
Observation on artillery
Observations on length
17th-c. evolution

50-gun ships List 1660-1696
64-gun ships List 1670-1694
18th-c. evolution :
50-gun ships
List 1700-1759 (50-gun ships)
64-gun ships
50- and 64-gun ships on the high sea
List 1730-1778 (64 -gun ships)
Various representations of 64-gun ships on the high sea
Excerpts Manual dedicated to the royal Navy in 1755
Notebook of various operations


Complementary data
Accommodations on 64-gun vessels
A note on artillery
A note on masting and sails
The evolution of extension of length
A note on costs
A note on the weight of the 64-gun ship
The laying down of ships of the line 1660-1779
Recapitulation list of 50- and 64-gun vessels

CHAPTER III
M. Bigot de Morogues's manuscript
Presentation of the manuscript
On the art of drawing plans of elevation
On the art of drawing moulds
Ship's construction in practice
A sample décor
Ten plates interspersed in the text

CHAPTER IV
A variety of ship's models of 64-gun vessels
Model of the Prince de Parme (about 1748) - 37 views
Model of the Bien Aimé (about 1750) - 44 views
Model of the Artésien (1765) - 25 views
Model of the Assuré (1745) - 6 views
Model of the Vengeur (1766) - 5 views



Author: Boudriot, Jean / Berti, Hubert
Pages: 350
Language: French
Edition: 1
Year of publication: 1995
Dimensions: 24 x 31cm
Binding: Hardcover
Weight: 5.00 kg
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