Good Reading : July 2008
48 good reading ı JULY 2008 Those with a passion for maritime history will find Fighting Ships 1750–1850 and its companion volume Fighting Ships 1850–1950 simply irresistible. And if you didn’t think that fighting ships was that fascinating a subject, turn the pages of these magnificent 44cm x 36cm volumes and marvel at the paintings by the great maritime artists, or pore over the photographs, battle diagrams, sea charts and ship plans and you could well find yourself changing your mind. In the 150 paintings and 170 illustrations, the famed ships and battles from the age of sail to the advent of steam and iron are vividly brought to life. From the tall ships to the battle cruisers of the Second World War, from vessels being launched and sunk in action or blockade; to life on and below deck. And all without getting your feet wet! high seas coffee table Plan of HMS Marlborough by Charles Pickering, 1854. One of the great advantages of steam power was that the engine could be situated low down in the ship’s hull. The Execution of Admiral Byng, 14 March 1757 by Anonymous, c.1760. Byng was tried and found guilty of ‘failing to do his utmost duty to take or capture the enemy ships’. Executed by his own marines, he requested they fire the moment he dropped his handkerchief. Resurgam, the first mechanically propelled submarine, designed by William Garrett, 1879 .