American-Built Packets and Freighters of the 1850s: An Illustrated Study of Their Characteristics and Construction

American-Built Packets and Freighters of the 1850s: An Illustrated Study of Their Characteristics and Construction

by William L. Crothers

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786470068
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/24/2013
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Before his retirement in 1972, William L. Crothers worked as a draftsman in the design division of the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He is also the author of books on the construction of American clipper ships American packets and freighters of the 1850s.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments v

Preface 1

Introduction 2

American-Built Packets and Freighters of the 1850s 6

Alphabetical List of Vessels 8

Chronological List of Vessels 10

One. Preparation for Construction 17

Two. Woods Used in Ship Construction 32

Three. General Characteristics of Packet and Freighter Hulls 42

Four. Fastenings 62

Five. Scarphs 73

Six. Representative Midship Sections 81

Seven. Keel Assembly 98

Eight. Stem and Sternpost Assemblies 105

Nine. Square Frames and Floors 119

Ten. Keelson and Deadwood Assemblies 130

Eleven. Half Frames, Cant Frames, and Bow and Stern Timbering 146

Twelve. Stiffening the Hull; Hold Ceiling 165

Thirteen. Hooks and Pointers 181

Fourteen. Stanchions 190

Fifteen. Beams and Knees 199

Sixteen. Mast Steps and Mast Trusses 215

Seventeen. Clamps, Waterways, Binding Strakes, and Tween Decks Ceiling 220

Eighteen. Planksheer, Bulwarks and Rails 228

Nineteen. Forecastle and Poop Decks, Hatch Coamings, Bitts, and Deck Planking 238

Twenty. Salting, Exterior Hull Planking, Head of Ship, and Moulded Edges 249

Twenty-One. Cargo Ports, Scuppers, Channels, Rudder, and Side Lights 264

Twenty-Two. Metal Sheathing 272

Twenty-Three. Colors of the Ships 279

Twenty-Four. Hull Ornamentation 285

Twenty-Five. Figureheads and Billetheads 295

Twenty-Six. Weather Deck Arrangements 301

Twenty-Seven. The Ship’s Outfit 314

Twenty-Eight. Ships’ Interiors 322

Twenty-Nine. Masting Arrangements 336

Thirty. Rigging 351

Thirty-One. Flags and Signals 374

Thirty-Two. The Wake of the Ships 377

Conclusion 382

Appendix: Contract for Ingalls and Shephard, Sullivan, Maine, to Build a Hermaphrodite Brig, 1855 385

Glossary 387

References 392

Index 395

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American-Built Packets and Freighters of the 1850s: An Illustrated Study of Their Characteristics and Construction 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Pete43 More than 1 year ago
This well researched book describes the characteristics, design, construction, and details of American built packet and freight ships from the mid 1800’s. The book is well illustrated and gives a unique insight into the design and construction of these important ships. The book describes in detail the design, arrangements, hull framing and fastening, and outfitting of these fine American ships. Tables summarize the arrangements and details of many American merchant sail from the subject period. Masting and rigging are not covered in detail but they are addressed in The Masting of American Merchant Sail in the 1850’s by William L. Crothers.