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New Book Available: Ancient and Modern Ships Part I

For the Marine Historian or Model Shipbuilder

Ancient and Modern Ships Part I by George C. V. Holmes

Offers Insights into History of Wooden Ships

Shipbuilding, Ancient, ships, wooden, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Scandinavian, viking, medieval, vessels, sailing
Ancient & Modern Ships by Sir George C. V. Holmes

Created for the Board of Education of South Kensington Victoria and Albert Museum in 1906, and authored by George C.V.Holmes, Ancient and Modern Ships is a two volume set offering a dated, but useful reference on the history of various cultures’ maritime heritage. This is Part I, which covers Wooden Sailing Ships.

We have republished this book in its original form, maintaining original pagination. We have meticulously optimized each page, but due to the deterioration of the original book that we scanned, there may be some spots where reproduction is less than the clarity of a newly-published book. We feel this is an acceptable compromise to present the book to readers in the format in which it was published.

Ancient Galley and Trireme plans from Chapman and Pâris

Ancient Oar-Powered Vessel Plans

Available thanks to Pâris and Chapman

Free ship plans of oar-powered vessels are our most popular offering on TheModelShipwright.com, so we’ve added even more.

Free ship plan of galley from Chapman Architectura Navalis Mercatoria
Galley of 16 pairs of oars from Chapman’s Architectura Navalis Mercatoria

Thanks to the work of French Vice-Admiral François-Edmond Pâris and Swedish naval architect Fredrik Henrik af Chapman, we have some of the best plans of oar-powered galleys and triremes available.

Pâris’s most famous work Souvenirs de Marine Conservés brings us plans for triremes from Athens and Venice as well as a Black Sea Galley.

Chapman’s Architectura Navalis Mercatoria brings us a Maltese galley and several others we have yet to post.

Along with the Atlas du Génie Maritime from the archives of the French Ministry of Defense, which brings us an Ancient Trireme, a Sultan’s Caique, and an Ancient Galley, and our plan of the Gokstad Viking Longship from Ancient and Modern Ships by Sir George Charles Vincent Holmes, there is a lot to choose from at TheModelShipwright.com if you are looking for free ship plans of oar-powered vessels.