Stephen Biesty's Cross-sections Man-of-war

Stephen Biesty's Cross-sections Man-of-war

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by Stephen Biesty, Richard Platt
     
 

Why did sailors dread being given a "checked shirt?", carve uniform buttons out of cheese, roll cannonballs around the deck? How many women were on board a man-of-war, lashes did a sailor receive for stealing, sailors died of disease and why? Who slept in a cot that doubled as a coffin, got swept off the lavatory by big waves, on board was nicknamed "slushy"? …  See more details below

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Why did sailors dread being given a "checked shirt?", carve uniform buttons out of cheese, roll cannonballs around the deck? How many women were on board a man-of-war, lashes did a sailor receive for stealing, sailors died of disease and why? Who slept in a cot that doubled as a coffin, got swept off the lavatory by big waves, on board was nicknamed "slushy"? Follow the story of the ship and its crew as this man-of-war sails into battle on the high seas - and find the stowaway!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Even the most confirmed landlubbers may find themselves chanting "Yo-ho-ho!'' by the time they've reached the last of Biesty's 10 uncannily well-executed spreads, each of which shows a cross-section of a 100-gun man-of-war modeled after Admiral Nelson's flagship, the HMS Victory, built in 1765. The same thorough research and meticulous artistry that distinguished Platt and Biesty's Incredible Cross-Sections lend this volume the appearance of inexhaustible wealth: the oversize pages combine minutely detailed illustrations with succint yet highly evocative text. A spread entitled "Working at Sea,'' for example, contains a cross-section of the middle of the ship (a key indicates the relative location of each cross-section), an introductory paragraph about rigging the ship, captions and 24 text blocks which answer the sort of questions a curious young reader would ask, from the basic (how do the sails work?) to the often unspoken (how are the dead buried at sea?). Various flourishes further enrich the extravaganza: a stowaway is hidden in the art; a glossary and index are included; and a couple of spreads depict the man-of-war in dramatic engagement at sea. Anchors aweigh! Ages 8-up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
The precise drawings that comprise Stephen Beisty's Cross-Sections of a Man-O-War are awe inspiring. In ten double-page spreads, Mr. Beisty shows how captain, officers and crew survived from stem to stern aboard a 19th-cen-tury ship of the British Royal Navy.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
(Gr 4 Up) - In the tradition of Edwin Tunis's Oars, Sails and Steam (HarperCollins, 1977) and David Macaulay's Castle (1982) and Cathedral (1973, both Houghton), Platt and Biesty have created a unique, original, and highly visual description of life aboard an 18th-century British warship. Cross sections of Admiral Nelson's flagship HMS Victory are used to depict various aspects of seagoing life such as "Health at Sea,'' "Cooking and Eating,'' "Navigation and Discipline,'' "Battle Stations,'' etc. Biesty's pen-and-ink and watercolor drawings are accurate and highly detailed. Platt's accompanying text is clearly written and full of fascinating facts about the ship and the men who sailed her. Each spread of the oversized volume will encourage long, careful, and enthusiastic study by browsers and students alike. This first volume in a projected series on "incredible cross sections'' will be popular in all libraries. - Don Reaber, Meadowdale High School, Lynnwood, WA
Ellen Mandel
The creators of Stephen Biesty's Incredible Cross-Sections have trained their writing and illustrative talents on an eighteenth-century British man-of-war. Moving from bow to stern, they dissect the wooden vessel into sections and then cut away each portion to analyze the structures and the activities performed within. In addition, each chapter discusses a different aspect of life at sea, from working to leisure time to cooking and eating to navigation and discipline. Readers studying the large cutaway diagrams will be fascinated by the detailed hustle-bustle typical of a ship carrying a crew of 800 sailors. But life was brutal on board, and Biesty doesn't flinch from some of its goriest aspects--a bucket of bloody amputated limbs beneath the surgeon's operating table, dismembered bodies plummeting into the sea during battle, and maggots in the sailors' biscuit rations. The intriguing text, presented in brief, anecdotal notes, is accompanied by smaller drawings, making this meticulously presented book a treasure of factual content and visual imagery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564583215
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
09/15/1993
Series:
Stephen Biesty Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.75(w) x 14.19(h) x 0.46(d)
Lexile:
980L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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Stephen Biesty's Cross-sections Man-of-war 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I am very fond of this book-- the illustrations are detailed and accurate, the text is easily read and well researched. It paints a fine and realistic picture of life onboard a Napoleonic vessel and the times in which they existed.