Boy's Own Annual Volume 3

Boy's Own Annual Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...the earliest days of naval architecture; out it is only ot rats years that men of technical knowledge have given their attention to the production of model yachts, which, though without a liclmsman, are so scientifically constructed, and have their sails so well balanced; as to be able to compete in races. This has led to the formation of model yacht clubs in London and the country; and at the Round Pond, the Serpentine, and Victoria Park, this healthy, and to those interested in it, fascinating amusement is carried on. The matches are even chronicled in the pages of the " Field " and " Land and Water," which shows that this pastime, which commenced with "baby-boats," has now secured the adherence of men well qualified to obtain the best results possible from models; and, indeed, these scientific models are rather beyond the constructive ability or appreciation of most boys. The sizes most used are, at the Round Pond, two feet; Serpentine, two to six feet; Victoria Park, for racing, three and four feet on the water-line. There are two kinds of model achts, one of which is supposed to be a comp ete model in every respect of sea.-going vessels, like them in all the minutiae of standing and running rigging, blocks, guns, anchors, etc. Now these perfect models, as far as my experience goes, are only fit to be under s glass cmo, where, if well made, they look very pretty, but if put into the water, though the wind may blow them along, it is impossible to sail them in the true sense. The other class of models is specially constructed for sailing, and therefore departs in many particulars from real vessels. As the models have to bear the same conflicting forces of water, wind, etc., as the large vessels, they...show more

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  • Paperback | 860 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 43mm | 1,506g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236892445
  • 9781236892447