The style of Dutch naval architecture is most curious and singular. Their ships are round both at stem and stem, and seem to be contrived merely for strength and capacity, without any reference to elegance of form, or swiftness of sailing. They have ?at bottoms on account of the numerous shoals upon the coast of Holland, and all of them, not excepting even the large ships, are furnished with a lee-board to enable them to sail by the wind, which they do very poorly at best; before a wind they do very well. They are gaily painted and adorned, although in bad taste; upon the top of the rudder there is usually a head, with a face of large and coarse features; we some times saw them with grinning mouths and large goggling eyes; and as the image necessarily turns with the helm.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Benjamin Silliman
Published Date - August 26 2019
ISBN - 9780265166314
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 2 cm
Page Count - 316
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