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A classic, probably already on the bookshelves of the development team and most of the enthausiasts on these forums.

 

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The art of Rigging by George Biddlecombe (master in her majesty's royal navy) published in 1848.

 

Available for download through the Internet Archive.

 

~Brigand

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Very interesting read, it is only 11 pages long so there is no excuse for not reading it.

~Brigand

This should be required reading for anyone commenting on how ships should behave in this or any other age of sail game. Any game that violates what is documented there is "arcade," frankly. No different than a "flight sim" without gravity.

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Sam Willis (the author of the excellent paper linked by Barberouge) has a book that should be read by anyone here, it's been sitting in my pile of "to be read" for a while, and NA got me to start it (even though I have 2 others going as well).

 

Fighting at Sea in the Eighteenth Century: The Art of Sailing Warfare 

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Not a long book, but important. This is now up there with Seamanship in the Age of Sail to me. Excellent, excellent book.

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The Naval chronicle : containing a general and biographical history of the royal navy of the United kingdom with a variety of original papers on nautical subjects ([1799-1818])

https://archive.org/details/navalchronicleco18londiala

 

Thanks for posting this one Ink! I for one am going to take full advantage of it!

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A Treatise on Naval Gunnery (1855) by Howard Douglas This book covers all subjects of naval gunnery, a very intresting book, it's a pity I'm not native English speaker and can't read it like a Russian book, maybe someone else will be able to benefit more in favor of Naval Action gameplay features

also you can find it here with a better quality,seacrh engine is better in the first link tho, imo

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A great source for HUNDREDS of ship's plans/hull lines, maritime equipment, shipyard facilities, (and virtually everything else ship related) is the 19th century publication entitled "Atlas du Genie Maritime".  This incredibly extensive work was published in France in several volumes and covers ships from around the world, from the classical period through the late 19th century.  It is availble from various sources in different formats, but I've found some online collections of scans here:  http://www.all-model.com/Archive/ and here:  http://www.sheepdog616.org/myGallery/gallery.html Much of this collection covers contemporary (1840s-1890s ships), but there are quite a few older vessels depicted as well for their historic value.  A print version of just a supplement to this work entitled "Souvenirs de Marine Conserves" can be obtained here:  One thing I haven't found, unfortunately, is a good English language index to this massive collection, so you basically have to page through all the images to see what is there noting the sheet numbers that are interesting for future reference.

 

The British National Maritime Museum has a good collection of ship's plans available online here:  http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections.html#!csearch;searchTerm=plans

 

Progetto Duillioship is also a good source:  http://www.duilioship.it/xmlui/search  (Enter the word "plan" as your search term.)

 

More historic plans:  http://www.all-model.com/

 

Looking forward to release and happy to help with research!

 

Mark Cowan

a.k.a. RRAC

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that exact book is in my shelf.. But I didnt give it too much credit so far.

Its very dry theory and reading in it is quite a challenge for me. (I am bored too fast)

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Yeah, Sheet-Anchor assumes that you have been a midshipman since age six and only need some quick reference.

The modern reader can get the same information (and more) from Seamanship in the Age of Sail. That book tells you not just how, but when where and why, plus what happens next, in multiple eras and languages. It's a gobsmacking achievement.

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Yeah, Sheet-Anchor assumes that you have been a midshipman since age six and only need some quick reference.

The modern reader can get the same information (and more) from Seamanship in the Age of Sail. That book tells you not just how, but when where and why, plus what happens next, in multiple eras and languages. It's a gobsmacking achievement.

For 511 bucks, Seamanship in the Age of Sail better have a pop up sextant.

Take care of that book, the price is skyrocketing, I think it's doubled in the last 3 months.

http://www.amazon.com/Seamanship-Age-Sail-Man---War/dp/0870219553/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407484134&sr=1-1&keywords=seamanship+age+of+sail

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For 511 bucks, Seamanship in the Age of Sail better have a pop up sextant.

Take care of that book, the price is skyrocketing, I think it's doubled in the last 3 months.

http://www.amazon.com/Seamanship-Age-Sail-Man---War/dp/0870219553/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407484134&sr=1-1&keywords=seamanship+age+of+sail

This may shock you, given the subject matter of Naval Action, but I am at times given to piracy.

 

And everyone is invited to send me a PM and join the crew.

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Some lighthearted (maybe not entirely useful except for bits) links:

Strange Ship Stories (from several eras but including some of the age of sail)

Sea superstitions

Something a bit controversial, for the game is that both mention "Changing the name of a boat is bad luck" (Renaming the ship too often in the game would lower morale?)

10 Crazy Exploits from the Age of Sail

Reasons not to implement swimming in-game :D → PS Not advocating fantasy sea monsters, but some of these fish can easily be misinterpreted as such.

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