Sovereign of the Seas: The Seventeenth-century Warship

1055,- Kč

Autor: James Sephton
Strany: 192
ISBN: 9781445601687

Charles I`s authoritative and intolerant rule as monarch, and the unpopular Ship Money tax which he initiated, were instrumental in creating the most splendid and controversial warship in English history. She was the grandest venture hitherto created, remarkable for her size, beauty and heavy armament. Even her name, the Sovereign of the Seas, suggested pride and pomp. Designed and built by Phineas Pett, and ably assisted by his son Peter as Master Builder, her keel was laid in December 1635 at Woolwich Royal Dockyard. She was safely launched in October 1637.
Her graceful lines are a delight to any ship modeller. Her description and history are intriguing. Very little is known about her. Many authors have praised and applauded her. She remains an enigma – a puzzle for subsequent historians. Each successive researcher quotes the facts previously published.
The author, James H. Sephton, has been engrossed for many years in the self appointed task of researching and compiling a definitive history. Original paintings, drawings and models are elucidated. Her size in term of tonnage, a description of her decorative carvings and rigging is described. Her history in the various actions during the Dutch Wars is discussed. There are accompanying plates, drawings, maps, lists and tables. This present study, therefore, contains much hitherto unpublished material. It is preserved as a record for posterity. It is also a dedication to the efforts of naval historians past, present and future.

James Sephton was born and raised in Lancashire, educated at Liverpool College of Technology and Liverpool University and did his National Service in the Royal Air Force as a weather observer. He has spent most of his working life in the chemical and paper industries in a variety of capacities, mostly of a technical nature or in sales and marketing. Jim accepted early retirement and lives in Aylesford, Kent, with his wife Gill.
James has been actively involved with researching and recording the history and construction of the Sovereign of the Seas for many years. Although he is an ‘armchair sailor’ and has never been to sea, he has an earnest respect and envy for those who have. He has an earnest passion for ship models and paintings. Jim is a Founder Member of the National Maritime Museum, a member of the Kent Archaeological Society, the Society for Nautical Research, the World Ship Society, and an active member of the Chatham Dockyard Historical Society. For some years past, he has been an active supporter of the Nautical Heritage Association, Hastings.

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  • Kód: 9781445601687
  • Výrobce: Amberley Publishing

Tento produkt byl přidán dne Neděle 08. květen 2011.

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