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Steam Yachts, Trawlers & Launches
by Thomas Reed & Co., Publishers, 1904

"If SMSL is the Bible, then Reed's is the Old Testament"
--Bill Durham

"Reed's" has been lost since it was reviewed in STEAMBOATS & Modern Steam Launches. See SMSL, Sep-Oct 1963, pp. 9-13. In its original title, Reed's Guide to the Use and Maintenance of Yacht, Trawler and Yacht Engines, Including Deck and Auxiliary Machinery, it was the only engineering text published specifically about small scale marine steam during the steam era.

It is a virtual recipe book for operator or builder of less-than-ship-size paddlewheel and propeller-driven steamboats, written by men who knew no other technology. Numerous illustrations of small engines, boilers, pumps, etc.

In engineers' language steeped in coal smoke, iron, sweating men working at low wages, and the demands of empire, Reed's portrays a crowning achievement of technology -the successful rendering of big ship technology into small vessel propulsion-at the very moment before that technology died.

ISBN: 0-9641204-6-1   5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
362 pages, Hard Cover, 100+ line drawings & halftones, twelve large format plates.


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