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Shore Bombardment Ships of the Age of Sail



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The Bomb Vessels: Shore Bombardment Ships of the Age of Sail by Chris Ware
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One of the first specialist warships, the bomb vessel was a floating siege engine carrying huge shell-firing mortars for the purposes of bombarding stationary targets, such as coastal towns, fortifications or harbours. For its time, it was a complex and high-tech weapons system, and was widely used by the British in every conflict between 1689 and the War of 1812. Because of their strength, bomb vessels played a major role in Arctic exploration. Part of "Conway's Ship Types" series, this volume combines extensive tabular data on every class with the first-ever overall design history of bomb vessels, and is illustrated throughout from the plans collection of the National Maritime Museum. Part one is a design history, tracing development from the 1680s to the 1850s. Part two covers structure, the bomb in action and details of their auxiliary function as Polar exploration ships.
Release date NZ
December 31st, 1994
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
90 illustrations from National Maritime Museum
Conway Maritime Press Ltd
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