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- DescriptionConway is proud to introduce a comprehensive and expertly illustrated history of HMS Lex, a 70-gun third rate of Charles II's Navy. Laid down in 1677, Lex represents the pinnacle of English shipbuilding practice and, in many ways, typifies all third-rate ships of the period, which were by far the most numerous class of warship in the seventeenth century, and formed the backbone of the English fleet. Lex was ordered as the first of the King's Thirty Ships building programme, a series of beautiful and powerful warships that were intended to reflect the glory and majesty of the monarch. Their graceful lines and ornate decoration made these ships ideal subjects for study - sketches were made, for example, by the famous artist Van de Velde, one of the fathers of the marine painting genre. Unsurprisingly, they remain a source of fascination for ship modellers today, and their construction in a time of huge international significance, during the Anglo-Dutch Wars of 1660-1685 and midway through Louis XIV's massive expansion programme for the French Navy, means there is great interest in this subject amongst historians. Employing extensive primary research, author Richard Endsor has produced one of the most detailed building and career histories of any vessel, in turn making a major contribution to modern understanding of English shipbuilding practice during the Restoration period. Every aspect of Lex is covered in great detail, from initial design and construction to armament, fitting out and her later career. The book provides a broad picture of the day-to-day workings of Deptford dockyard, including the techniques, trade and tools of the shipwrights, sail-makers and rope-makers. It simultaneously demonstrates a very keen insight into the workings of naval administration. Construction of Lex and her sisters was largely down to Samuel Pepys, the famous diarist and Secretary to the Admiralty, who considered the Thirty Ships programme to be the greatest achievement of my career . Pepys figures as a key character in the context of Lex's design, construction and build, and indeed such human interest is woven throughout. Employing original documents, individuals are shown to have influenced many aspects of the ship, which in turn, through this work, has w reserved its own place in maritime scholarship. The Restoration Warship will justifiably enter the can of standard reference works on shipbuilding practice in the age of sail.
- Author BiographyRichard Endsor is an engineer by profession, but has devoted considerable time to researching seventeenth-century ships, the Lenox project taking twelve years to complete. Richard is a trustee of the Nautical Museum Trust and is a member of the Society for Nautical Research. He has had numerous articles published in Mariner's Mirror and is also an accomplished artist, having exhibited at the RSMA exhibition. He also lectures widely on maritime topics.
- Author(s)Richard Endsor
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication01/07/2009
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note250 colour and duotone
- Weight1 g
- Width253 mm
- Height300 mm
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
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