On a new principle of constructing His Majesty's Ships of War

On a new principle of constructing His Majesty's Ships of War

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by Robert Seppings

London, Royal Society, 1814.

4to. 18 pages of text and a folding engraved plate showing the sections of a man-of-war.

light browning to the plate otherwise in good clean condition. disbound. 


an original paper extracted from the Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society. Probably the first appearance in print showing Seppings' planned innovations in the construction of the Royal Navy's men-of-war with the introduction of diagonal bracing, one of Robert Seppings' lasting legacies in the improvement of the construction of the ships of the Royal Navy in the 19th century.

Sepping was knighted in 1819 and retained the position of Surveyor of the Navy from 1813 to 1832.