Book review THE WARSHIP ANNE: An illustrated history by Richard Endsor


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Dec 25, 2017

Vienna, Austria
Book Review:
An illustrated history

by Richard Endsor

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Conway; First Edition edition (23 Feb. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844864391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844864393
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 1.6 x 25.7 cm


If you go down to the shore at Hastings on the UK's south coast at low tide you will come upon an amazing sight. There, revealed by the receding waves are the remarkably complete mortal remains of a seventeenth century warship. The Anne was launched in 1678 and was lost in 1690 at the battle of Beachy Head. As she lay beached, she was torched to prevent her from falling into enemy hands. Today the wreck is owned by the Shipwreck Museum at Hastings and in the past few years there have been some intriguing attempts to bring the ship back to life using advanced simulation and modeling techniques. Ship's historian and draughtsman Richard Endsor has written a history of this wonderful and accessible ship, bringing the ship fully back to life using his beautiful and accurate drawings and paintings.

Richard Endsor's previous book, The Restoration Warship inspired the locals at Deptford to plan a full size replica of Lenox, the warship covered in that book.

+ The end of the Dutch Wars and the need for new ships: Samuel Pepys and Parliament; the Act for Thirty Ships passed.
+ Admiralty Commission and planning: Phineas Pett and building the Anne, the Popish Plot
+ New commission and ships' rot: Anne repaired a ready for the Mediterranean.
+ The Anne's voyage to the Mediterranean.
+ The Glorious Revolution: 1690 Battle of Beachy Head
+ The Anne's guns and their recovery from the wreck
+ The Anne today, environment and future plans

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About the author

Richard Endsor is an engineer by profession, but has devoted considerable time to researching seventeenth-century ships, the Lenox project (the subject of his previous work, The Restoration Warship) 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.

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Preface - page 6
Introduction - page 7
Chapter 1• The thirty new ships - page 8
Chapter 2: Building the Anne - page 20
Chapter 3: Laid up in Chatham - page 40
Chapter 4: The Mediterranean - page 50
Chapter 5: The Battle of Beachy Head - page 82
Chapter 6: The guns of the Anne - page 102
Chapter 7: The Anne today - page 118
Appendices - page 132
Appendix 1: The approved principal dimensions for the third-rate ships of 1677 - page 134
Appendix 2: Scantling lists - page 135
Appendix 3: Building contract for the Yarmouth - page 138
Appendix 4: Contract for the carvings of the third-rate ships of 1677 built at Deptford and Woolwich - page 144
Appendix 5: Duke of Grafton's instructions - page 145
References - page 148
Index - page 156

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It is an extremely attractive book, which you like to have in hand. Most of the illustration are in full color, partly made by the author himself. It records her history from building to destruction and contains archaeological details of her lower hull which survive on the shoreline near Hastings. Especially for the very reasonable price it is a highly recommended read.

also very interesting the comments by J. D. Davis:

Planned Publication by the author, which I already Pre-ordered:
The Master Shipwright's Secrets


Inspired by the recent discovery of mathematically calculated digital plans for a fourth-rate ship by the Deptford master shipwright, John Shish, The Master Shipwright’s Secrets is an illustrated history of Restoration shipbuilding focused on the Tyger, one of the smaller but powerful two-deck warships of the period. It examines the proceedings of King Charles II in deciding the types of ship he wanted and his relationship with his master shipwrights.

This fascinating book reveals the many secrets of Charles II’s shipwrights through an analysis of John Shish’s plans for the Tyger, revealing innovative practical calculations which differ significantly from the few contemporary treatises on the subject and the complicated process of constructing the moulds necessary to make the ship’s frame. All the other duties performed by the master shipwrights, such as repairing ships, controlling their men and keeping up with the latest inventions are also discussed in detail.

The Master Shipwright’s Secrets is replete with beautiful and detailed illustrations of the construction of the Tyger and explores both its complicated history and its complex rebuilding, complete with deck plans, internal sections, and large-scale external shaded drawings. The title also explores associated ships, including another fourth-rate ship, the Mordaunt, which was purchased into the Navy at the time and underwent a dimensional survey by John Shish. A rare contemporary section drawing of another fourth-rate English ship and constructional drawings of Shish’s later fourth-rate ship, St Albans, are also included.
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (5 Mar. 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472838386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472838384
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 30 cm
The release Date is planned for 5th March 2020