Royal Caroline And The Development Of English Fast Sailing Ships

Gun Squirrel Sixth Rate

The eighteenth century saw a new introduction of science into the art of naval architecture. The first attempts to apply mathematical criteria to shipbuilding were made mainly in France. There, mathematics and experimental scientific studies were widespread and traditional shipbuilding methods were not so deep-rooted as in England. There was a French school of physics and applied mathematics engaged in the study of the optimum shape for hulls. Some of the finest scientists of the time were...

Hull Structure And Planking

The building of big wooden hulls with load-bearing frames reached a stage in development at the end of the sixteenth century in which all structural elements were already present more or less as in nineteenth century ships. So refinements were slow in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Building methods varied from country to country only in the details. All ships, or at least all square rigged sailing ships which were built in European shipyards from Trieste to K nigsberg, were...