The American-Built Clipper Ship, 1850-1856: Characteristics, Construction, and Details

The American-Built Clipper Ship, 1850-1856: Characteristics, Construction, and Details

by William L. Crothers


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The American-Built Clipper Ship, 1850-1856: Characteristics, Construction, and Details by William L. Crothers

The halcyon days of the American clipper were all too brief-a mere six years-yet their hold on the collective imagination endures. The product of 35 years of research,this handsome volume details the 152 clipper ships that comprise the culmination of the shipbuilder's art. Every facet of their design and construction is described in exquisite detail,with many intricately drawn midship sections,insights into the appointments of interior living areas,and the most minute details about timbers and bracing. Invaluable to historians model builders,and maritime artists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635617337
Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media
Publication date: 05/10/2018
Pages: 562
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

In a real sense, William J. Crothers spent his entire adult life preparing this book. Hired by the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in the early 1930s, he retired after 35 years' service in naval ship design. During his long and productive career he developed the ability to draw extraordinarily crisp and detailed ship plans. And he developed a fascination with the American clipper ship-which he pursued through all the maritime museums in the United States and several in England.

Table of Contents

Illustrations Listing

Tables Listing

Lists of 152 American-Built Clipper Ships, 1850-1856

Alphabetical List of Vessels

Chronological List of Vessels



PART I: Prelude to building the ship

Chapter 1 Preparation for Construction

Chapter 2 Woods Used in Construction of the Clippers

Chapter 3 General Characteristics of Clipper Ship Hulls

Chapter 4 Fastenings, Hole Borers, and Fasteners

Chapter 5 Scarphs

Chapter 6 Representative Midship Sections

PART II: Construction of the hull

Chapter 7 Keel Assemb

Chapter 8 Stem and Sternpost Assemblies

Chapter 9 Square Frames and Floors

Chapter10 Keelson and Deadwood Assemblies

Chapter 11 Hair Frames, Cant Frames; Bow and Stern Timbering

Chapter 12 Diagonal Iron Bracing; Hull Stiffening; Hold Ceiling

Chapter 13 Stanchion

Chapter 14 Beams and Knees

Chapter 15 Hooks and Pointers

Chapter 16 Mast Steps, Trusses, and Bracing

Chapter 17 Waterways, Binding Strakes, and Tween-Decks Ceiling

Chapter 18 Planksheer, Rails, and Bulwarks

Chapter 19 Bitts; Hatch Coamings; Deck Planking; Forecastle and Poop Decks

Chapter 20 Salting; Exterior Hull Planking; Headboards, Mouldings

Chapter 21 Cargo Pom Scuppers; Channels; Rudder

PART III: Completion of the Ship

Chapter 22 Metal Sheathing

Chapter 23 Colors of the Ships

Chapter 24 Hull Ornamentation

Chapter 25 Figureheads and Carved Stemheads

Chapter 26 Weather Deck Arrangements

Chapter 27 Fittings and Outfits

Chapter 28 Ship Interiors

Chapter 29 Mast and Spar Arrangements

Chapter 30 Rigging

Chapter 31 Flags and Signals

Chapter 32 Entry into Valhalla: Fate of the Vessels

Chapter 33 Conclusion and Comment



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