If you are passionate about modeling ships, or merely an afficianado of ships of a bygone era, this is the grandaddy of reference books.
First published in 1950, and written before the modern kits and tools available today, it surely slakes the thirst for knowledge that those of us that love the tall ships.
Yes, it mainly visits the HMS Victory, but its' detail were the primary reference for McKay's 'Anatomy of the ship - the 100 gun ship Victory', owning first editions of both now, one could never give them away.
If you are like me, you will spend countless hours lost in this book.
It starts with the basics of how a ship is built from the keel up, with many photos and diagrams of how to lay a keel, frames, planking and decking, not so much a modelers reference, but an explanation why. It goes upward to the best detail I have ever seen of masts and yards, enlarged enough to see how to scratch build them.
It has numerous photos, drawings, and pull out diagrams of every aspect of the Victory, but it is standard reference for the tall ship.
I would not say if this is the only book you ever buy on ships, buy this, it is not that type of coffee table book. It is one for those who appreciate the knowledge and the craft, and to proudly put amongst your collection, and never give away.