Alan McGowan worked for over 20 years at the National Maritime Museum. He was head of Department responsible for ship plans and models. Then he was Chief Curator and finally Deputy Director. He was also Chairman of the HMS Victory Advisory Committee.
His publications include
• The Jacobean Commissions of Enquiry: 1608 and 1618 (Navy Records Society, 1971).
• Sailor: a pictorial history (MacDonad & Jane, 1977).
• The Ship: the century before steam. The development of the sailing ship (H.M.S.O., 1980).
• Tiller and Whipstaff: the development of the sailing ship, 1400 – 1700 (H.M.S.O., 1981).
• Sailing Ships: a three-dimensional book (Viking, 1984).
• H.M.S. Victory: her construction, career and restoration (Caxton, 2003).
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