So I've got myself a story that has quite a bit to do with shipbuilding. I know enough about ships to get by on being vague, but I'm finding myself getting involved in -- you guessed it -- little details.
Here is the problem: how does one construct (a) wooden-hulled sailing ships, (b) partially metal-hull and/or fully metal-hulled steamships. Metal-hulled steamships (say, like ironclads) would be nice but those first two are what I need most. Wikipedia and google and such are helpful on parts
of ships and on generalities, but what I really want is detailed instructions. What part is made first? The keel? When exactly is/are the mast/masts set? What kinds of wood are used and how should the wood be treated beforehand? How is the hull put together? Is this all done in a cradle? If so, how does the cradle look and work? etc.
Most preferably historical construction, not modern, looking for a range between, say, 15th-19th century maritime technology. This is not an Earth-based story and the technology levels are a little mixed, so I need a range to work with. This is probably not a topic that can be covered very well in comments so I guess what I'm really looking for is resources
on the subject -- books, sites, anything. I'm willing to read most anything of reasonable length on my own. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
And yes, I'm aware that there's a great variety of ships and ways to make them. If more specifics are needed, lets say I want to ( Collapse )
So, just to recap: I'd like the specifics of how one built ships between the 15th and 19th centuries. Not parts of ships or how they are "put together" (like cross-sectional diagrams and such) but how they were constructed
. I'd be quite glad to do reams of reading of my own if only someone would point me to a few specific resources on the subject.
Whew! Thank you very much to anybody who's willing to help!
PS: First post, so do tell me if I'm doing anything wrong! Thanks again =)