Steel's Rigging & Seamanship (1794)
limited edition of 500 copies only
The Elements and Practice of Rigging and Seamanship first appeared in 1794, relatively early in Steel's career as a publisher. Its success confirmed Steel's reputation as a publisher of nautical works and spurred him later to produce his other great discourse, The Elements and Practice of Naval Architecture.
Rigging and Seamanship was the first work published in the English
language that was really designed as a compendium of the knowledge
required by a seaman. As such it was aimed at the ambitious young
men wishing to rise in their profession: the Midshipmen and Master's
Mates in the Navy; the apprentices and would-be Mates in the merchant
fleets. In the event its appeal was much wider. Its success stemmed
largely from two factors established by steel himself.
This work was the bible for many midshipmen who joined the Royal Navy during the French Revolutionary Wars, Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. The coverage includes how to make all the sails, the masts, the anchors, how to tie knots, rig the ship, and actually sail the ship. Lastly, how to fight the ship. Where Naval Architecture shows you how to build the hull, Rigging and Seamanship covers everything else which formed part of the ship as well as how to use the ship.
The two volumes Quarto contain nearly 600 pages of which 150 are
tables. These provide all the dimensions for Standing and Running
Rigging for every type of ship in the Royal Navy in 1794. There are
also tables which cover the same information for Masts and Yards,
and for each and every Sail used onboard every ship, whether of the
line or smaller. There are also 95 plates to illustrate the above
and these plates include:
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