2010 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
“William Froude – A Sacred Duty of Doubt”
Following the 2010 AGM, Professor Rodney Eatock Taylor gave a presentation “William Froude – A Sacred Duty of Doubt”, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of William Froude.
Professor Rodney Eatock Taylor.
NEW FROM THE RINA BOOKSHOP
Ships and Shipbuilders
Pioneers of Ship Design and Construction
By Fred Walker FRINA
Published by Seaforth, in association with the Royal Institution of Naval Architects
In the past three centuries the ship has developed from the relatively unsophisticated sail-driven vessel which would have been familiar to the sailors of the Tudor navy, to the huge motor-driven container ships, nuclear submarines and vast cruise liners that ply our seas today. Who were the innovators and builders who, during that span of time, prompted and instigated the most significant advances?
In this new book, Fred Walker describes the lives and deeds of more the 120 great engineers, scientists, philosophers, busi-
nessmen, shipwrights, naval architects and inventors who shaped ship design and shipbuilding world wide. Covering the story chronologically, and going back briefly even to Archimedes, such well-known names as Anthony Deane, Peter the Great, James Watt, Robert Fulton and Isambard Kingdom Brunel share space with lesser known characters like the luckless Frederic Sauvage, a pioneer of screw propulsion who, unable to interest the French navy in his tests in the early 1830s, was bankrupted and landed in debtor’s prison. With the inclusion of such names as Ben Lexcen, the Australian yacht designer who developed the controversial winged keel for the 1983 America’s Cup, the story is brought right up to date.
Concise linking chapters place all these innovators in context so that a clear and fascinating history of the development of ships and shipbuilding emerges from the pages.
Members and others who enjoyed the occasional articles by Fred Walker on “Pioneers in Ship Design and Construction” published in RINA Affairs, will delight in this book, available from the RINA Bookshop at a discount on the published price of £25 + p&p.
Price (excl.p&p): £20 (Member £15) - available from RINA Headquarters Price (incl. p&p): UK £24.00 (Members £19); EUR £25.50 (Members £20.50); OVS £30 (Member £25) To order Ships and Shipbuilders:
Tel: ++ 44 (0)20 7235 4622: Fax ++ 44 (0)20 7259 5912: Email: email@example.com
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RINA Affairs May 2010
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