Figureheads of the Royal Navy by David Pulvertaft PDF

By David Pulvertaft

The first figureheads that have been carved to symbolize the names of British warships seemed through the reign of Henry VIII; the final ones have been carved within the early years of the 20 th century. through the intervening 300 and fifty years it's predicted that a few 5000 ships of the Royal army carried a figurehead of a few description. This publication follows the advance of those different carvings, analyzing how the figurehead carvers interpreted the names and the symbolism included of their designs. facts is drawn from quite a lot of resources: modern send versions, send plans, designs submitted for approval of the army Board and, in fact, from these figureheads that experience survived.
Lavishly illustrated with a lot formerly unpublished fabric, the booklet explores the wide variety of topics that have been represented at the bows in their Majesties’ Ships and recounts a few of the tales that have been informed approximately them.
The narrative is complemented through a listing that gives a short description of every surviving figurehead, each one carver’s layout drawing with its resource and reference quantity in addition to these send plans and modern types that express the figurehead’s element. this mix makes the booklet valuable to quite a lot of historians, researchers and somebody with an curiosity in Britain’s maritime past.

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