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Naval Warfare in the Age of Sail
Synopses & Reviews
Covering the classic era of sailing ship warfare from the mid-eighteenth century to the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, reveals how warships were built, sailed, and fought in the era made popular today by the novels of Patrick O'Brian and C. S. Forester. The often dense technical detail of these works is explained here for the general reader through text and illustrations that bring the period vividly to life. Through his discussions of single-ship actions, fleet operations, famous commanders, and the day-to-day routines of the men who worked the ships, Bernard Ireland investigates how the navy of King George III came to dominate the high seas, ushering in a century of British maritime supremacy. Acclaimed naval artist Tony Gibbons illustrates every type of sailing warship from ships of the line, frigates, and sloops to privateers' schooners, bomb ketches, and xebecs.
Book News Annotation:
Covering the classic era of sailing ship warfare from the mid-18th century to the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, this colorfully illustrated volume examines how Nelson's navy came to dominate the high seas and how warships were constructed, sailed, and used to fight in a time made popular by modern novelists. Ireland (author of many books on warships and naval warfare) discusses single-ship actions, fleet operations, famous commanders, and the day-to-day routines of the men who worked the ships. Naval artist Tony Gibbons illustrates every type of sailing warship. Together, they present a history of the men, ships, and tactics that brought Nelson's navy to prominence as the source and safeguard of Britain's long maritime supremacy. Oversize: 9x11.25<">.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A colorful history of the men, ships, and tactics that made Nelson's navy the most feared fighting force on earth.
About the Author
Bernard Ireland, a naval engineer, is the author of many books, including Jane's War at Sea and Jane's Naval History of World War II.
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