Naval Warfare Under Oars, 4th to 16th Centuries: A Study of Strategy, Tactics and Ship Design

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Naval Institute Press, 1939 - History - 358 pages
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First published in 1940, this classic study of naval strategy and fleet tactics in the days of rowing ships continues to be acknowledged as the best book ever written on the subject. Years of rigorous research enabled Admiral William Rodgers to present here a sweeping historical account of naval warfare reaching from the navies of the early Roman Empire through the Anglo-Spanish War of 1585-1604, a campaign in which rowing craft were still used, although sailing ships determined the final outcome.
  

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Contents

MAP NO PAGE I Wars of Justinian in the West off
8
FIGURE PAGE 1 Ships from Trajans Column off
25
Reconstruction manofwar second century
25
Ships from walls of Pompeii off
26
To illustrate Byzantine and Saracen naval campaigns
32
Constantinople
34
The Navy of the Later Roman Empire
46
To illustrate Italian and Spanish naval wars off
48
Battle of Lepanto 2d diagram
196
Battle of Lepanto 3d diagram
197
Sketch of fireball
200
Battle of Lepanto 4th diagram
206
Battle of Lepanto 5th diagram
208
Battle of Lepanto by Vasari off
210
Fleets on August 7 1572
219
Venetian map of Modon
224

Reconstruction of Byzantine dromon Pamphylian type
64
Reconstruction of Byzantine dromon large type
66
The Vikings
69
Viking Campaigns
70
Gokstad ship present condition off 7 2
73
Reconstruction of Great Serpent
74
Medieval Wars of French and English
88
North Sea and English Channel
90
English Kings ship off
92
Map of Spain
105
Crossbow cranequin and bolts off
106
Italian Naval Wars
109
Merchant galley off
112
Ships sculptured on Pisas Leaning Tower off
113
Latin assault from the sea on the walls of Constantinople off
126
Campaigns of the Holy League 157072 off 15
151
Pope Pius V off
156
Marc Antonio Colonna off
152
Neighborhood of Corfu
156
Sebastiano Veniero off
166
Don John of Austria off
168
Battle of Lepanto 1st diagram
190
Venetian contemporary Plan of Battle of Lepanto off
194
Cross section of galley and varying arrangements of rowers
230
Side views of galley 23x 30 Venetian galley off
233
Galleass model in Naval Museum of Venice off
234
Venetian galleass under sail off
236
Rowers at large oar
238
Nef section and halfplan
239
King Philip II of Spain off
242
Queen Elizabeth of England opp
249
Battle and cruising formation of Great Armada
276
Lord Howard of Effingham opp
280
British manofwar at period of the Armada opp
288
Action off Plymouth diagram
294
Ark Royal British flagship opp
296
Action off Portland
299
Action off Isle of Wight contemporary drawing
302
Action off Isle of Wight diagram
305
Voyage of Spanish Armada 38
308
Bombard on ships deck mount opp
336
Bombard sectional drawing
337
Types of guns and mounts
338
Breechloader on swivel rail mount with sectional drawing opp
338
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