Public Domain Books

The following is a list of historical books on naval architecture, ship-building and other related content that the model builder might find helpful in their research.

The books are listed in chronological order and also coloured by topic.


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Note that some are large files and may take some time to open/download.

All books are public domain. However, each country has its own copyright laws so it is important that the law in your country allows for downloading and reading these books.

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The Art of Aparelling and Fitting of Any Ship

by Edw. Bauldwin

1704

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(PDF 6MB)

Marine Architecture: Or, the Ship-Builder’s Assistant

by William Sutherland

1748

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(PDF 26.1MB)

A Treatise on Ship-Building and Navigation

by Mungo Murray

1754

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(PDF 14,2MB)

The Elements of Naval Architecture

by M. Du Hamel du Morceau

1764

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(PDF 31.7MB)

An Universal Military Dictionary

by Cap. George Smith

1779

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(PDF 24MB)

An Universal Dictionary of the Marine

by William Falconer

1784

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(PDF 26.7MB)

History of Marine Architecture
Volume I

by John Charnock

1801

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(PDF 31MB)

History of Marine Architecture
Volume II

by John Charnock

1801

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(PDF 32,2MB)

History of Marine Architecture
Volume III

by John Charnock

1802

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(PDF 16.3MB)

The Shipwright’s Vade-Mecum

by David Steel

1805

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(PDF 49.4MB)

The Elements and Practice of Naval Architecture

by Steel and Company

1812

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(PDF 68MB)

The Cyclopædia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature

by Abraham Rees

1819

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(PDF 1.6MB)

A Treatise on Marine Architecture, Elucidating the Theory of the Resistance of Water

by May Flower Crisp

1826

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(PDF 24.4MB)

Papers on Naval Architecture and Other Subjects Connected with Naval Science
Volume I

by William Morgan and Augustin Creuze

1827

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(PDF 24MB)

Papers on Naval Architecture and Other Subjects Connected with Naval Science
Volume II

by William Morgan and Augustin Creuze

1829

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(PDF 24MB)

A Treatise on Marine Architecture: Containing the Theory and Practice of Shipbuilding

by Peter Hedderwick

1830

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(PDF 24.5MB)

Papers on Naval Architecture and Other Subjects Connected with Naval Science
Volume III

by William Morgan and Augustin Creuze

1831

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(PDF 2.6MB)

The Practical Ship-Builder

by L. M'Kay

1839

Plates: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7

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(PDF 10.9MB)

Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Naval Architecture

by Augustin Francis Bullock Creuze

1841

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(PDF 8.2MB)

Rudiments of Naval Architecture

by: James Peake

1849

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(PDF 33MB)

A History of Naval Architecture

by John Ficham, Esq.

1851

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(PDF 4.6MB)

A Treatise on Ship-Building and The Rig of Clippers

by: Lord Robert Montagu, A.M.

1852

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(PDF 19.5.MB)

The Kedge-Anchor

by: William Brady, Sailing Master

1852

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(PDF 24.MB)

A Treatise on Naval Gunnery

by: General Sir Howard Douglas, Bart.

1855

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(PDF 14.4MB)

A Treatise on Ordnance and Naval Gunnery

by Lieut. Edward Simpson

1862

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(PDF 7MB)

Rudimentary Treatise on Masting, Mast-Making and Rigging of Ships

by Robert Kipping, N.A.

1864

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(PDF 7MB)

Seamanship

by Commander G.S.Nares. R.N..

Between 1864 and 1868

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(PDF 17MB)

A Treatise on Naval Architecture and Ship-Building

by: Commander Richard W. Meade

1869

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(PDF 11.4MB)

Theoretical Naval Architecture

by Samuel J.P. Thearle

1877

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(PDF 17.3MB)

The Elements of Wood Ship Construction

by W.H.Curtis

1910

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(PDF 10.3MB)

Shipbuilding from its Beginnings
Volume I

by E. Van Konijnenburg

1913

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(PDF 8.1MB)

Shipbuilding from its Beginnings
Volume II

by E. Van Konijnenburg

1913

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(PDF 9.8MB)

Shipbuilding from its Beginnings
Volume III

by E. Van Konijnenburg

1913

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(PDF 15.4MB)

How Wooden Ships Are Built

by H. Cole Estep

1918

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(PDF 21.4MB)

A Practical Course in Wooden Boat and Ship Building

by Richard M. Van Gaasbeek

1918

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(PDF 23.3MB)

The Battle of Lake Erie

by Charles Oscar Paullin

1918

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(PDF 10.2MB)

Wooden Shipbuilding

by W. J. Thompson

1918