Title: A Most Fortunate Ship, A Narative History of...
Publisher: Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD, 1st Printing, Revised Edition
Publication Date: 1997
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
Fine cloth hardback, gilt lettering, NF DJ. Cover with minimal shelf wear. DJ has minor edge wear. Binding tight. End papers and pp look unused. Sml 4to, 421 pp with illustrations and maps, notes, glossary, biblio and index. The Revised Edition is the result of 17 more years of research and study by the author. Because of the size and weight of the book(s), please contact us to arrange for mailing or for shipping outside the continental USA. ISBN# 1557505888. Bookseller Inventory # 8091
Synopsis: After seventeen years of additional research and study, Tyrone G. Martin - captain of the USS Constitution during the nation's bicentennial celebrations - offers this revised and expanded edition of his famous ship's story, called "definitive" when the book first appeared in 1980. This new update commemorates the ship's own bicentennial: Constitution was launched in 1797 in Boston Harbor, where she is now preserved as a museum. In this edition the author confirms for the first time that the innovative diagonal riders that ensured the frigate's long life were present at the ship's launching. And he provides details about the ship's participation in battles that have long been ignored or glossed over in official reports. Pictorial battle diagrams based on new research have also been added. The book not only tells Constitution's complete story, but also presents a picture of life in the U.S. Navy during the nineteenth century - its proud moments and those that caused concern. The author includes some fascinating details on the organization, care, feeding, and disciplining of a crew, as well as about events serious, humorous, and tragic that involved such famous names in American naval history as Edward Preble and Stephen Decatur. Just as the original edition was a sought-after source of pleasure and information, this updated study will appeal to everyone who enjoys a good sea story along with historians, students, sailing ship enthusiasts, and ship modelers.
Review: Considered a definitive account when first published in 1980, A Most Fortunate Ship is now available in a revised edition to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of the USS Constitution, America's most famous naval vessel. The warship earned the nickname "Old Ironsides" because of its apparent invincibility fighting enemy ships such as the HMS Guerriere, the HMS Java, and ships sailed by the Barbary pirates. The prose is good, but the graphics are even better: beautiful illustrations dot these pages, as do rare photographs and helpful battle diagrams. Tyrone Martin's depiction of everyday life in the early 19th-century American navy is especially interesting.
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