The Philosophy of Shipbuilding: Conceptual Approaches to the Study of Wooden Ships (Ed Rachal Foundation Nautical Archaeology Series)

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This book is dedicated to J Richard Steffy, a leading figure in the study of ancient shipbuilding, and draws heavily upon his conceptual approach to ship design and construction which places emphasis on the shipwright's personality, culture, technical ability and experiences. Ten essays explore the philosophy of shipbuilding in different periods and based on different types of remains and sources, from ancient Egyptian papyri to ship models, ancient and more recent wrecks and historical evidence. Subjects include early plank-built ships of ancient Egypt, north European clinker-built ships, mortise-and-tenon joined hulls of the ancient Mediterranean, Spanish and Portuguese ships of the 15th and 16th centuries and the remains of a merchant fleet in Lake Champlain, North America.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585443130
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Series: Ed Rachal Foundation Nautical Archaeology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 183
  • Sales rank: 1,040,863
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Editor FREDERICK M. HOCKER received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and is currently doing research at the [National Museum of Denmark Centre for Maritime Archaeology] Wasa Museum in Sweden.Editor CHERYL A. WARD is a professor of anthropology at Florida State University. She received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and served as editor for Studies in Nautical Archaeology. Both editors have written numerous articles and have extensive field experience in the field of nautical archaeology.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Shipbuilding : philosophy, practice, and research 1
Ch. 2 Boatbuilding in ancient Egypt 13
Ch. 3 Principles and methods of construction in ancient naval architecture 25
Ch. 4 Nordic clinker construction 37
Ch. 5 Bottom-based shipbuilding in Northwestern Europe 65
Ch. 6 "I've already sold my tunic" : Nile Skippers and their problems in the mid-third century B.C. 95
Ch. 7 Two Athenian ship models of the third millennium B.C. 103
Ch. 8 The Tantura wrecks and ancient mediterranean shipbuilding 113
Ch. 9 Characteristics of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Iberian ships 129
Ch. 10 Sails on an inland sea : the evolution of Lake Champlain's sailing merchant fleet 137
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