Val Ryman ® 27-May-2018 10:33

Ships' fastenings: From sewn boat to steamship

Year: 2005
Language: english
Author: Michael McCarthy
Genre: Technical book
Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
Edition: First
ISBN: 1-58544-451-0
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 248
Description: A remarkable book that should be in the hands of every ship enthusiast, ship modeller, ship builder, nautical historian, and archaeologist.
Michael McCarthy uses evidence from archaeological, historical, and ethnological sources to tell a technological story of ships’ fastenings over 5,000 years.
He is most expert when dealing with 19th‐century fastenings in steel hulls. McCarthy competently covers the earlier development of fastenings during the time of bronze tools and iron fastenings and, in the first chapter, discusses sewn boats using ethnological examples from the western Pacific and Indian Oceans in addition to the standard archaeological examples from the Mediterranean.
McCarthy is superb covering hull‐sheathing, patented Muntz metal, and iron and steel ships and the development of rivets, forelock‐bolts, threaded bolts, nails and dumps.
Good illustrations. A useful glossary (Notes). Excellent bibliography.
Faults and errors are few. McCarthy does not do a perfect job of crediting the source of all diagrams (e.g. page 80). And he makes the dreadful error of referring to Peng Deqing (彭德清, chief editor of the bilingual Chinese/English book 中国船埔 Ships of China) as 'Deqing'.


1 Fastened without Nails: The Sewn Boat
2 The Advent of Metals
3 Metal Fastenings on the Sewn-Plank Boat
4 Fastened with Metal and Wood
5 Clinker Shipbuilding
6 Carvel Building in Northern Europe
7 The Manufacture of Fastenings
8 Sheathing: The Key to Copper and Copper-Alloy Fastenings
9 The Advent of Muntz Metal through to the Composite Ship
10 Registers, Treatises, and Contemporary Accounts
11 The Archaeological Evidence
12 Iron and Steel Ships
13 Modern Terminology
Appendix: Explanatory Notes on Metallic Fastenings


Rating: 4.8 / 5 (Votes: 14)
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