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Illustrations Tables Lists of American-Built Clipper Ships, 1850 - 1856 Alphabetical List of Vessels Chronological List of Vessels Acknowledgments Introduction Part I Prelude to Building the Ship Chapter 1 Preparation for Construction Chapter 2 Woods Used in Construction of the Clippers Chapter 3 General Characteristics of Clipper Ship Hulls Chapter 4 Fastenings, Hole Borers, and Fasteners Chapter 5 Scarphs Chapter 6 Representative Midship Sections Part II Construction of the Hull Chapter 7 Keel Assembly Chapter 8 Stem and Sternpost Assemblies Chapter 9 Square Frames and Floors Chapter 10 Keelson and Deadwood Assemblies Chapter 11 Half Frames, Cant Frames; Bow and Stern Timbering Chapter 12 Diagonal Iron Bracing; Hull Stiffening; Hold Ceiling Chapter 13 Stanchions Chapter 14 Beams and Knees Chapter 15 Hooks and Pointers Chapter 16 Mast Steps, Trusses, and Bracing Chapter 17 Waterways, Binding Strakes, and Tween-Decks Ceiling Chapter 18 Planksheer, Rails, and Bulwarks Chapter 19 Bitts; Hatch Coamings; Deck Planking; Forecastle and Poop Decks Chapter 20 Salting; Exterior Planking; Headboards; Mouldings Chapter 21 Cargo Ports; Scuppers; Channels; Rudder Part III Completion of the Ship Chapter 22 Metal Sheathing Chapter 23 Colors of the Ships Chapter 24 Hull Ornamentation Chapter 25 Figureheads and Carved Stemheads Chapter 26 Weather Deck Arrangements Chapter 27 Fittings and Outfits Chapter 28 Ship Interiors Chapter 29 Mast and Spar Arrangements Chapter 30 Rigging Chapter 31 Flags and Signals Chapter 32 Entry into Valhalla: Fate of the Vessels Chapter 33 Conclusion and Comment References Index
In a real sense, William L. Crothers spent his entire adult life preparing this book. Hired by the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in the early 1930s, he retired after 35 years' service in naval ship design. During his long and productive career he developed the ability to draw extraordinarily crisp and detailed ship plans. And he developed a fascination with the American clipper ship--which he pursued through all the maritime museums in the United States and several in England.