LES VAISSEAUX de 74 à 120 canons - Historique 1650-1850" by Jean Boudriot & Hubert Berti


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Dec 25, 2017

Vienna, Austria
Book Review:
LES VAISSEAUX de 74 à 120 canons
Historique 1650-1850

by Jean Boudriot & Hubert Berti

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available directly from ancre in french language, unfortunately in moment no other languages

74- to 120-GUN SHIPS An Historical Study 1650-1850.
This volume is devoted to ships of superior strength, including three-deckers


The logical successor to our study of 50- and 64-gun ships, this volume is devoted to ships of superior strength, including three-deckers.
Three chapters of an historical nature are followed by a fourth chapter of general facts.
The development of naval décor, a new subject in the period, is the focus of the fifth chapter.
The final chapter presents many different examples of ship's models.
A glance at the table of contents and the lists of plans, engravings, diagrams, and graphics will introduce the prospective reader to this rich and fact-filled volume.


24 x 31cm format, full-grey cloth binding, sewn sections with headband.
Laminated inside dust jacket with a four-color print of the figurehead of the 118-gun ship, L'Océan.
440 pages on 135 gr paper, with two four-color inset plates, the first showing the same subject
as the inside jacket, the second representing the poop of the Louis XV's three-decker vessel.

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Ch.1 Evolution of the ships in the 17th century.
Two-decker ships, 66- and 70 guns (with 13 gunports on lower gundeck)
Three-decker ships
66-gun vessels (12 gunports)
76- to 88-gun vessels (13 gunports)
90- to 100-gun vessels (14 gunports)
104- to 120-gun vessels (15 gunports)
The relationship between the number of gunports and the ship's length
Remark on ships of the line in the 17th century
Naval graphic design under Louis XIV (Ships of the line)

Ch. II Evolution in the 18th century
74-gun ships
The first phase: 1700-35 (13 gunports) Second phase: (14 gunports) Third phase: The Borda-Sané type plan. 56-gun ships carrying 36pdr.
The Council on construction of 1766
Ship bearing 24 pdr guns on the second battery deck.
Various images of a 74-gun ship (engravings)
Development of length. Relationship between length and breadth.
80-gun ships.
The first phase. 1740-1787. (15 gunports). Second phase 1787-1800 (16 gunports)
Plan of the Borda-Sané type.
80-gun ships on the high sea.
Three-decker ships
First phase: 1723-1786. (15 gunports). Second phase. 1786-1800 (16 gunports)Plan of the Borda-Sané type.
Thesis on the three-decker ship (1761)
Three-decker ships at sea.

Chapter III. 19th-century Developments
The Sané-Borda ships
The 74 type in 1781 (large model)
The 74 type in 1803 (small model)
74-gun ships at sea.
80-gun ships.
80-gun ships at sea.
118-gun ships.
118-gun ships at sea.
110 gun-ships.
The Ships of the Commission de Paris (1824)
Turpinier's Program
90-gun ships.
120-gun ships
Graphic design of ship's lengthening in the Napoleonic Navy
Turpinier's New Navy
Comparative Table
The Borda-Sané ship and 1824 vessels.

Ch. IV. General and comparative informations
Development of accommodations
17th- and 18th_c. Uses
The Statute of 1808
The Statute of 1825
The Statute of 1836 and the Lugeol system
The Evolution of Artillery
General table of armaments on ships of the line
The Evolution of Masting. Spars and Sails
Proportions. Uses and regulations.
Proportions according to various specifications.
Regulations of 1766-1781-1803-1835-1849
Pumps, lanterns, winches, ovens, galleys
The transformation of the stern
Protection of the underwater hull
Statistical Data
Weight of the vessels. Construction material.
A note on the cost of the vessels
Moulds of 50- to 120-gun ships
Chronological evolution of ships of the line
Annual commencement of projects 1782-1850
Quantity and type of seaworthy vessels 1661-1850
General list of ships of the line 1670-1840

Ch. V. Evolution of ship's decor
Master sculptors
The head
The stern
Ship's decoration 1670-1840
17th century
18th century
19th century
Correspondence (1667-1671); Decoration of Le Monarque (1745)
Decoration of the Royal-Louis (1780).
Fashioning the sculptures (1787)
A selection of figureheads

Ch. VI. Various ship's models of 74- to 120-gun vessels
Louis XV - Sans-Pareil - Bretagne - Achille - Friedland
Triomphant - Océan - Hercule - Valmy - Rivoli - Suffren (12 views)
Ship's Model (signed Pic 1755) 14 views
Ship's Model (1750-60) 13 close-up views. Installations, head, general and particular ( 10 views)
Details on rigging (24 views)
List of all ship models in the collections of the Musée de la Marine
Summary and Conclusion
Table of contents. List of plans and illustrations, graphic tables, reproductions of printed works and manuscripts.

A highly interesting book with a huge number of contemporary drawings, illustrations paintings and details, a lot of them never shown in other publications.
A pitty, that it is until now not translated into english.
Many Thanks to Didier Berti from ancre that I got this copy for introduction to our members.

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In the following post you will find a the complete information and list of all tables, drawings, ships, reproductions etc. shown in this remarkable publication
So check it out, if your specific ship or information is included....


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