FRENCH WARSHIPS IN THE AGE OF SAIL 1626-1786 Design, Construction, Careers and Fates


I doubt if a more authoritative presentation of data on the totality of French naval construction in the pre-Revolutionary years is ever going to be accomplished, but this weighty tome has value beyond a nuts and bolts compilation of French sail and oared warships and auxiliaries. This hardback work actually represents a prequel to the first volume in the series (1786-1862) and is of seminal importance to students of the subject as material on this earlier period in French design and construction is somewhat fragmentary.

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