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Features sailing ships of evey type, from tiny gunbaots, light frigates and mortar ketches to 130 gun ships of the line, armoured ironclads, tea clippers and windjammers. Expertly written text and specifications provide a concise background of each ship's development and service. Includes artwork depicting 100 of some of the greatest sailing ships, spanning four centuries, from Ark Royal (1587), Vasa (1628)and HMS Victory (1765), to the great stem and sail ironclads of the late nineteenth century, such as HMS Warrior (1860) and Konig Wilhelm (1869).