GUTHRIE, John Hutchinson Library of Ships and Shipping series.
Title: Bizarre Ships of the Nineteenth Century. First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher:  Hutchinson Scientific and Technical, London, 1970, ISBN:0091000106
Seller ID: 36775
GUTHRIE, John. Bizarre Ships of the Nineteenth Century. London : HutchinsonScientific and Technical, (1970). First Edition. Pp (14),[xv]-xviii,-21 2,(2) with 67 illustrations. Large 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. In the Hutchinson Library of Ships and Shipping series. "Parallel with the evolution of the conventional steamship, however, a number of odd craft were developed by intelligent and energetic laymen with a view to improving on the efficiency and the stability of the professionally designed ships. Thus some vessels were built by railroad engineers in the shape of a cigar, others by a Russian admiral in the shape of a pancake. Cross-channel vessels were launched with twin hulls, while another, designed by a steel magnate, contained a swinging saloon for the comfort of the passengers. Ships werebuilt with sections joined together, others floated above the surface on w heels. More conventional steamers, though still odd, such as the American River boats and the early Monitors of the American Civil War, are described,together with the early submarines, and the amazing Portuguese offshore fi shing boats." - from the dj. Other chapters on the Great Eastern (pp.123-142), the obelisk ship, and bizarre engines (pp.167-204). Chapters : 1. American River Steamers; 2. Monotors; 3. Cigar Ships; 4. Circular Ships; 5. TwinHulled Vessels; 6. Jointed Ships; 7. Early Submarines; 8. Portuguese Insho re Crafdt; 9. The Great Eastern ; 10. The Swinging Saloon Ship; 11. The Obelisk Ship; 12. Roller Ships; 13. Bizarre engines - North American paddle engines - The Great Eastern 's engines - The pendulum engine - The hydraulic jet engine - The caloric engine - The ether engine -The hydrocarbon vapour engine - Direct acting stem engines; 14. Conclusion. With index. Very good in dustjacket. 85.00