The Master Shipwright's Secrets: How Charles II built the Restoration Navy (Hardcover)

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A magnificent illustrated history of HMS Tyger, a fourth-rate ship of the Navy of Charles II.

Inspired by the recent discovery of mathematically calculated digital plans for a fourth-rate ship, written by the Deptford master shipwright, John Shish, The Warship Tyger is an illustrated history of the HMS Tyger, one of the smaller warships of the Restoration period.

Tyger was originally built in the middle of the 17th century and served in the Anglo-Dutch Wars. It was sent to Deptford for rebuilding at the end of the wars in 1674, but the ship was left to deteriorate over the next few years and ended up as a sunken wreck at the bottom of the great double dock. Eventually, the yard officers at Deptford wrote that there was “no such thing as the Tyger” and wanted to pay off the last warrant officers belonging to her. However, King Charles II decided otherwise and kept her on the books to eventually reappear as a “rebuilt” but in fact, entirely new ship in 1681.

This book is replete with beautiful and detailed illustrations of the construction of the Tyger and explores both its complicated history and its complex rebuilding, complete with deck plans, internal sections, and large scale external shaded drawings. The title also explores associated ships including another fourth-rate ship, the Mordaunt, which was purchased into the navy and had a dimensional survey made of her at the time by John Shish. A rare contemporary section drawing of another fourth-rate English ship and constructional drawings of Shish's later fourth-rate ship, St Albans are also included.

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.

Praise For…

“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.” - Colin Martin, The Nautical Archaeology Society

“This is a very handsome volume which complements well the author’s previous book and will be a valuable reference for ship-modellers and students of historical naval architectural practice.” - The Northern Mariner

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472838384
ISBN-10: 1472838386
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: March 10th, 2020
Pages: 304
Language: English