From the construction of primitive war galleys in the first millenium BC to today'smost technically advanced warship, historians have paid almost exclusive attention to the famous ships and their naval battles. This book fills a void in maritime history by providing comprehensive information on the shipyards--past and present--that built those ships. Concentrating on the last three hundred years, the author includes a concise history of the world's major naval shipyards, a map showing their locations, and for certain key shipyards, a diagram showing the general layout of the facilities. In addition, he covers warship evolution from wood and canvas to steam, steel, and electronics, as well as the concurrent changes in building methodology. Tapping a wide variety of international sources, this survey adds a fresh and fascinating perspective to the epic quest for seapower. Generously illustrated with photographs, maps and plans, it will be a welcome addition to any naval history bookshelf.
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