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Rigging Period Fore-and-aft Craft [Hardcover]

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Pages   111
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8" Height: 10.25"
Weight:   1.4 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 29, 2007
Publisher   US Naval Institute Press
ISBN  1591147212  
EAN  9781591147213  

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This book shows each and every detail of the rigging of typical period fore-and-aft vessels.
The rigging of period ship models is arguably the most complex task that any modeller has to accomplish; the intricacies can be daunting and visual references limited. The author's first book, Rigging Period Ship Models, was a triumph of clarity for those wishing to decipher the complexites of square rig, and this new book does the same for fore-and-aft rigs and depicts the rigging of three typical eighteenth-century vessels - an English cutter, a three-masted French lugger and an American schooner. Some 200 diagrams show clearly where each separate item of standing and running rigging is fitted, led and belayed. Whether a modelmaker needs to rig a whole ship or just requires information on one aspect, it is all here.

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Nice but disappointing  May 1, 2008
I love the concept of this book and should get to know the earlier volume on square rigged ships. Wonderful clear drawings break the rigging of three museum models of vessels typical of their types into easy to follow units. But this is surely a great opportunity missed.

I am not qualified to critique the two sections of the book for my interest lies in the English cutter, and here I have to say that I was disappointed. The rigging on the museum model is reproduced without comment and without apparently any investigation of its authenticity. The rigging shown for the cutter is that of a late C18th vessel, and some of it does not ring true. The running (adjustable length) bowsprit for example is shown with stays too long to work at the shortest setting of the bowsprit, and these are pulled tight not with tackle operable from inboard but with lashings that would have been inaccessible at sea.

It would be fabulous to marry accurate drawings of this quality to descriptive and thus educational labels identifying features of the rigging by name and authorative notes explaining why the rigging was set up this way and describing its unusual features. Notes indicating typical proportions for pendants or the spacing between rows of deadeyes for example would be nice. Adding the sizes for rope and blocks taken from Steel or some other period source would be very helpful to the modeler. Some discussion of rigging not seen on the museum model would good too -- the boom guy or mainsail reef tackle for example. The drawing of the shrouds is very nice, but it shows only one side of the vessel with the fall of the shrouds turned up on the aft side of the shroud -- how is the modeler to figure out that on the other side of the vessel they would be turned up on the fore side?

This is a good book, and I do not regret owning it. It does not pretend to be an academic work and it springs from the author's considerable tallent as a draughtsman, but I can't help feeling that with some collaboration this could have been spectacularly succesful.
Rigging Period Fore-and aft Craft  Apr 9, 2008
I was looking for a reference source for smaller ships from the early 1800's. This is the best source I have found as a ship modeler. The book filled in some major data gaps I had on this subject. I liked the fact the book illustrate 3 different ships.
Perfect complement!  Mar 25, 2008
Petersson's Rigging period fore-and-aft craft is the perfect complement to The Naval Cutter Alert 1777 by Peter Goodwin. The Drawings lead you to a no-mistakes rigging of three types of vessels: A Brittish naval cutter, a French lugger and a Baltimore Clipper style american Schooner. The second part of the book is especially valuable to those attemping in rigging a lugger since there is very few examples in this kind of literature. The Cutter chapter has been most useful to me since I started building a sailing model and I got stopped by some doubts in the rigging of the vessel. Petersson's book did it for me. Highly recommended.Rigging Period Fore-and-aft Craft
every ship modeler could benefit from this book  Feb 8, 2008
As his earlier book did for square-rigged vessels, this book covers the rigging of predominantly fore-and-aft rigged ships - the rigging of three different examples are illustrated in great detail. While it will not help with the construction of the hull and much of the sparrage, it should answer just about any question one has about the final portion of the model-build: the rigging.
I highly recommend both volumes for all shipmodelers.
Worthy companion to Rigging Period Ship Models  Nov 1, 2007
Petersson has added a significant resource for builders of model sailing ships. As with his earlier work on the square rig, the layout and content of the new volume leave little to the imagination of the reader. Clearly drawn and fully labeled illustrations not only show how individual rigging elements go together, but also impart understanding of how the rigging 'works'.

Detailed attention is given to three 19th century ship types (cutter, lugger, and schooner) from three different countries (Britain, France, and the U.S. respectively). The line by line sequences of illustrations are easier to work with and understand than the tangles of numbered lines that often appear on plan sheets accompanying models. The reader can quickly determine where and how the standing end of a line is fixed, it's route through blocks, and where and to what the line is belayed.

The book does not address related matters such as basic line preparation procedures (whipping, worming, parceling, serving, etc.), knots and splices, line size or type, or sail making.

One element that might be added in a future edition would be station lines on the profile, deck plan, and generalized body plan views of each of the subject vessels. Their addition would help relate location of individual rigging elements to the shape of the hull as well as to mounting and belaying locations on the ship.


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