More than 90 plates featured from
François-Edmond Pâris work Souvenirs de marine
Collection de plans ou dessins de navires et de bateaux anciens ou modernes existants ou disparus avec les éléments numériques nécessaores à leur construction
TheModelShipwright.com’s Selected Plates from Souvenirs de Marine features more than 90 plates from the 1882 François-Edmond Pâris work “Souvenirs de marine. Collection de plans ou dessins de navires et de bateaux anciens ou modernes existants ou disparus avec les éléments numériques nécessaores à leur construction.”
The plates include more than 130 ship plans for warships, merchant & fishing vessels and small craft from all over the world, with a heavy emphasis on Europe and Asia.
Selected Plates from Souvenirs de Marine is indexed several ways so that readers can find vessels by plate number, type of illustrated vessel, name of vessel, and country/region of the vessel.
The book also includes an appendix valuable to the novice explaining how to “read” a ship plan, as well as a biography of Pâris and a bibliography of his work.
Vice-Admiral François-Edmond Pâris, born March 6, 1806 in Paris, was a French naval officer who made significant contributions to naval engineering during the transition from sail to steam. During his voyages around the globe he measured, drew plans, and created watercolor paintings of the rapidly vanishing sailing ships of both empires and indigenous peoples.
Promoted to vice-admiral in 1864, Pâris headed the navy’s archives until 1871, when he retired from naval service and became director of the Musée national de la Marine (National Museum of the Navy), where he organized the collections and acquired new items. This work led to the publishing of what many maritime historians consider his seminal work, “Souvenirs de marine conservés.”
The plates presented here are from the supplemental volumes of plans for this work, first published in 1882, titled “Souvenirs de Marine. Collection de plans ou dessins de navires et de bateaux anciens ou modernes existants ou disparus avec les éléments numériques nécessaores à leur construction.” (A Record of Navy: Collection of plans or drawings of vessels and of boats ancient or modern, existing or disappeared, with the numerical elements necessary for their construction.)
These plates, ranging from vessels of ancient empires to the Golden Age of Sail, and including many ships of indigenous peoples of Asia, Arabia and the Americas, are an important research tool for readers ranging from maritime historians to model ship builders.
Selected Plates from Souvenirs de Marine is 134 pages with a black and white interior and a new cover design overlaying the text from the book’s original cover page and the plans of the clipper Great Republic on a map of the oceans of the world.
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