Friday, August 2, 2013

Histories Under Shiny New Covers

Shown above: Transactions, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1899, 1903, 1904; also shown, far right, is A Treatise on Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding... by Richard W. Meade. Published by J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1869.

Researching the design and construction of ships built over 100 years ago is made a bit easier by consulting the set of publications entitled, "Transactions of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers". The illustration below is from volume four, dated 1896. The Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library has issues beginning at volume one, 1893 and into the late twentieth century. It may be just the right resource if you are studying those early dreadnought ships, hull dimensions, engine features and data, classes of battleships, yachts, policies, or other navigation topics for travel on the oceans or inland waters.

This illustration at the back of the book is folded and in the physical form shows the entire length of the naval ship and class for the U.S.S. Alabama. A separate book, "Index to Transactions" is available to more clearly pinpoint material pertinent to your search.

Illustration (folded) from Plate 23, "U.S. Battleships Alabama and Class. Profile Inboard. Scale of Drawing, 1/6 inch = 1 foot." The illustration was prepared for printing by the Norris Peters Co., Photolitho, Washington, D.C.