Ships' Fastenings: From Sewn Boat to Steamship (Ed Rachal Foundation Nautical Archaeology Series)

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Without effective and durable hull fastenings, boats and ships—from the earliest days of seafaring through the twentieth century—could not have plied the seas.

In Ships’ Fastenings, this central element of boat construction receives its first detailed study. Author Michael McCarthy offers a fascinating, thorough description of a range from sewn-plank boats of the ancient world and Micronesia to Viking ships, Mediterranean caravels, ...

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Overview

Without effective and durable hull fastenings, boats and ships—from the earliest days of seafaring through the twentieth century—could not have plied the seas.

In Ships’ Fastenings, this central element of boat construction receives its first detailed study. Author Michael McCarthy offers a fascinating, thorough description of a range from sewn-plank boats of the ancient world and Micronesia to Viking ships, Mediterranean caravels, nineteenth-century ocean clippers, and even steamships.

Along with the comprehensive account of ship fastenings, McCarthy provides a history of many of the discoveries and innovations that accompanied changes in the kinds of fastenings used and the ways they were secured. He discusses copper sheathing, metallurgy, the advent of Muntz metal, rivets of all types, welding in the ancient and modern sense, and the types of non-magnetic fastenings needed on World War II minesweepers. He even takes a glance at the development of underwriting and insurance, because the registries kept by Lloyd’s and others were not only guides to the suitability or a particular ship but also dictated the form and method of fastening.

Ships’ Fastenings will prove of value to shipbuilders, historians, and archaeologists. It is also written for the enthusiast and amateur boat builder.

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James P. Delgado
". . . an exceptional addition to the literature."—James P. Delgado, Editor of Encyclopedia of Underwater and Maritime Archaeology
Technology and Culture
McCarthy has synthesized a great deal of primary and secondary source material into a rich resource on the history oforganic and metallic fasteners used to construct ships' hulls . . . represents an important and long-overdue addition to our knowledge of shipbuilding technology. I would recommend it to anyone wishing to learn more about the methods and technology of ship construction.
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Meet the Author

MICHAEL McCARTHY, a member of the Department of Maritime Archaeology at the Western Australian Maritime Museum, holds advanced degrees in history and nautical archaeology. He has led numerous excavations and is the author of many articles and reports on maritime archaeological sites.

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