The American-Built Clipper Ship, 1850-1856: Characteristics, Construction, and Details by William L. CrothersThe American-Built Clipper Ship, 1850-1856: Characteristics, Construction, and Details by William L. Crothers

The American-Built Clipper Ship, 1850-1856: Characteristics, Construction, and Details

byWilliam L. Crothers

Paperback | February 25, 2000

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Long of line, incredibly fleet, with tall, raking masts and clouds of sail, the great Yankee clipper ships stir dreams of romance and adventure. This book, the most important and detailed ever to appear on clipper ships, is the fruit of 35 years of research. Lavishly pictorial, it's a boon to maritime historians, model makers, and dreamers alike.
William Crothers is the retired chief draftsman for the Philadelphia Naval Yard; his work covered all classes of ships, from submarines to aircraft carriers. His highly detailed model ship plans are internationally known throughout the maritime community. His historical research for this book spanned 35 years.
Title:The American-Built Clipper Ship, 1850-1856: Characteristics, Construction, and DetailsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 10.93 × 8.34 × 1.23 inPublished:February 25, 2000Publisher:International Marine & Ragged Mountain PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0071358234

ISBN - 13:9780071358231

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Table of Contents



Lists of American-Built Clipper Ships, 1850 - 1856

Alphabetical List of Vessels

Chronological List of Vessels



Part I Prelude to Building the Ship

Chapter 1 Preparation for Construction

Chapter 2 Woods Used in Construction of the Clippers

Chapter 3 General Characteristics of Clipper Ship Hulls

Chapter 4 Fastenings, Hole Borers, and Fasteners

Chapter 5 Scarphs

Chapter 6 Representative Midship Sections

Part II Construction of the Hull

Chapter 7 Keel Assembly

Chapter 8 Stem and Sternpost Assemblies

Chapter 9 Square Frames and Floors

Chapter 10 Keelson and Deadwood Assemblies

Chapter 11 Half Frames, Cant Frames; Bow and Stern Timbering

Chapter 12 Diagonal Iron Bracing; Hull Stiffening; Hold Ceiling

Chapter 13 Stanchions

Chapter 14 Beams and Knees

Chapter 15 Hooks and Pointers

Chapter 16 Mast Steps, Trusses, and Bracing

Chapter 17 Waterways, Binding Strakes, and Tween-Decks Ceiling

Chapter 18 Planksheer, Rails, and Bulwarks

Chapter 19 Bitts; Hatch Coamings; Deck Planking; Forecastle and Poop Decks

Chapter 20 Salting; Exterior Planking; Headboards; Mouldings

Chapter 21 Cargo Ports; Scuppers; Channels; Rudder

Part III Completion of the Ship

Chapter 22 Metal Sheathing

Chapter 23 Colors of the Ships

Chapter 24 Hull Ornamentation

Chapter 25 Figureheads and Carved Stemheads

Chapter 26 Weather Deck Arrangements

Chapter 27 Fittings and Outfits

Chapter 28 Ship Interiors

Chapter 29 Mast and Spar Arrangements

Chapter 30 Rigging

Chapter 31 Flags and Signals

Chapter 32 Entry into Valhalla: Fate of the Vessels

Chapter 33 Conclusion and Comment



From Our Editors

William L. Crothers, the retired chief draftsman of the Philadelphia Naval Yard has written a book about his favourite obsession. The American-Built Clipper Ship, 1850-1856 is the fruit of over 35 years of research by this tireless model-maker. It is the most important and detailed tome on clipper ships that sport tall masts, overhanging bows and huge sails. Lavishly illustrated, this book makes it easy to see why Crothers describes clipper ships as the most beautiful ships that ever sailed the seas.