Auteur(s): Paul Hamlyn
Uitgave: hardcover met stofomslag, Engelstalig
Aantal bladzijden: 152
Uitgever: Paul Hamlyn Ltd, London
1e Druk, Jaartal: 1966
Afmetingen: 284 x 214 x 20 mm
Gewicht: 862 g + 130 g (verpakking) = 992 g
Ships – Paul Hamlyn
Small boats have been important to the human race since primitive man first achieved the feat of conveying himself and his belongings by water. At. First they were only dug-out canoes or rafts, but by 4000 B.C. The Egyptians were building the larger vessels we call ships.
Ships have contributed largely to the progress of man, enabling him to explore beyond the seas, to trade with the lands he found and to spread his skills and ideas. They have been a means of destruction – first as transports, then as fighting ships, aircraft carriers and submarines.
It was not long before ships were built with special tasks in mind, and today there are countless different types, each designed for its own specific purpose. Marchant ships, tugs, trawlers, life-boats, pilot boats – all these and many others play a definite part in the welfare and advancement of our civilisation.
Naturally the size and shape of a ship varies with its allotted task – graceful, streamlined ships for racing, powerful lethal ships for war or squat versatile little ships for towing – and shipbuilding is an industry which combines many widely different skills in order to construct each ship as perfectly and individually as possible.
As well as being extremely useful, ships provide us with great pleasure. For the very active there are races and regattas, from weekend sailing on the local river or estuary to Cowes Week itself, while boating holidays – varying from luxury cruises to more modest trips on inland waterways – are immensely popular with those who prefer a less strenuous form of relaxation.