50- AND 64-GUN SHIPS 1650 - 1780 AN HISTORICAL STUDY Accompanied by an original monograph of the period at 1:48 scale By M. Bigot de Morogues
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After completing the history of the frigate, the next logical step was to begin a study of ships of line in two important volumes. The first, presented here, is dedicated to 50- and 64-gun ships while the second will be devoted to 74- and 120-gun hips.
As we indicate in the table of contents, the first chapter is of a general nature. Written in the style of an essay, it discusses the origin and various aspects of royal vessels. The second chapter, which presents their evolution during the 17th and 18th centuries, required the reproduction of nearly all existing plans for these ships. Many of these documents are in mediocre condition; nevertheless, their inclusion was necessary to our study. The technical nature of this chapter is complemented by the selection of several illustrations by N. Ozanne. Numerous facts on artillery and ship's accommodations, data on costs and ships' weight etc. have been included along with lists of vessels.
The third chapter gave us the opportunity to publish an extraordinary mid-18th century manuscript, Bigot de Morogues's Treatise on Shipbuilding. Its subject is a 64-gun ship, admirably described in the text and illustrated in a set of plates of incomparable quality for the period. The ensemble of text and plates represent a true historical monograph of the period at 1:48 scale.
The final chapter introduces five different models of 64-gun ships in great detail and two large scale models of great archeological interest, preserved in Italian museums in Parma and Bologna. More than 80 photographs with comments by Jean Boudriot allow the reader to appreciate these remarkable models.
This is an extremely rich volume of heretofore unpublished material.
Volume One: 24 x 31cm format, full blue-grey cloth binding, sewn sections with headband, laminated inside dust jacket, with a four-color illustration of the prow of the 64-gun ship L'Artésien on the cover. 350 pages, 227 different drawings, photographs and illustrations, 32 lists of name boards and graphics, 115 gr paper, with two 4-color inset plates. The first is a copy of the jacket illustration, the second represents the complete model of L'Artésien.
Volume Two: Excerpts from Bigot de Morogues' manuscript, ten large plates (1:48 scale) offering a precise description of the 60-gun ship from 1740 to 1750. Multiple fold-out plates in 90 gr paper, in a laminated 4-color folder similar to the inside dust jacket of volume One.
Essay on the origin of the royal fleet: 17th-c. research toward a theory of construction of these ships.
The regulations of 1670-71-73
Counsel on construction
Inspection of shipbuilding
Individuals and theoreticians
Conclusion: the statute of 1689
Official texts: 1670-71-73-89
Evolution of the ship in the 18th century
From master-builders to engineers
The Paris School
The French Naval Academy
Statutes of 1765-72 and 1723-1785
The end of an era, the 1786 Project
Annual lying down of ships and their builders, 1650-1722 and 1723-1785
The so-called primary method
Method "de la tablette et du trébuchet"
Equilateral triangle method
Blaise Pangalo's method
Graphic Method by Projection of Plans
Project for a 64-gun ship
Evolution of the 50- and 64-gun ship
Observation on artillery
Observations on length
50-gun ships List 1660-1696
64-gun ships List 1670-1694
18th-c. evolution :
List 1700-1759 (50-gun ships)
50- and 64-gun ships on the high sea
List 1730-1778 (64 -gun ships)
Various representations of 64-gun ships on the high sea
Excerpts Manual dedicated to the royal Navy in 1755
Notebook of various operations
Accommodations on 64-gun vessels
A note on artillery
A note on masting and sails
The evolution of extension of length
A note on costs
A note on the weight of the 64-gun ship
The laying down of ships of the line 1660-1779
Recapitulation list of 50- and 64-gun vessels
M. Bigot de Morogues's manuscript
Presentation of the manuscript
On the art of drawing plans of elevation
On the art of drawing moulds
Ship's construction in practice
A sample décor
Ten plates interspersed in the text
A variety of ship's models of 64-gun vessels
Model of the Prince de Parme (about 1748) - 37 views
Model of the Bien Aimé (about 1750) - 44 views
Model of the Artésien (1765) - 25 views
Model of the Assuré (1745) - 6 views
Model of the Vengeur (1766) - 5 views
Author : Jean BOUDRIOT & Hubert BERTI
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