"Sovereign of the Seas, 1637"

A Reconstruction of the Most Powerful Warship of its Day

  • Subject: Spring 2020 Catalog
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    April 1, 2020
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  • Product Dimensions:
    11.25 × 9.5 × 1 in
  • Product Weight:
    24 oz
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Sovereign of the Seas was the most spectacular, extravagant and controversial warship of the early seventeenth century. The ultimate royal prestige project, whose armament was increased by the King's decree to the unheard-of figure of one hundred guns, the ship finally cost the equivalent of ten more conventional warships. In this book, John McKay sets out to analyze the data and reconstruct the design and appearance of the ship in a degree of detail never previously attempted. The results are presented as a folio of superbly drafted plans, isometric drawings and colored renderings, covering every aspect of the design from the hull form to the minutiae of sails and rigging.

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