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Naval Warfare in the Age of Sail

Ireland, Bernard

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ISBN 10: 0393049833 / ISBN 13: 9780393049831
Published by W. W. Norton & Company, New York, 2000
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4to. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 240 pp, 1. The Royal Navy; 2. The Seven Years' War (1756-63); 3. King George's Navy; 4. Exploring the World; 5. The American War of Independence; 6. Interbellum: The Royal Navy (1783-93); 7. The Revolutionary War (1793-1801); 8. the War Against Napoleon; 9. The War of 1812; 10. The Post-War Royal Navy; index with color illustrations throughout. First Edition, 2000. "Covering the classic era of sailing ship warfare from the mid-eighteenth century to the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, Naval Warfare in the Age of Sail 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. 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. Color illustrations throughout." Not Price Clipped. Pristine, no wear. Clean, tight and strong binding with no underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Light-grey cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Bookseller Inventory # 002198

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Title: Naval Warfare in the Age of Sail

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Tony Gibbons

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First American Edition.

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A colorful history of the men, ships, and tactics that made Nelson's navy the most feared fighting force on earth.

Covering the classic era of sailing ship warfare from the mid-eighteenth century to the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, Naval Warfare in the Age of Sail 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. Color illustrations throughout

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The life of an ordinary sailor in the 18th and 19th centuries was no easy matter, as Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin and C. S. Forester's Hornblower novels depict so well. Quite apart from the dangers from howling storms and whistling cannonballs, seamen were paid and fed poorly and subject to all manner of inhumane discipline. Given all that, Bernard Ireland wonders, how could it have been that sailors under English--and French, Spanish, and American--flags could have performed with such heroic distinction at sea?

His answer arrives at many points throughout his encyclopedic study of the "age when the man counted, and not the technology." Profiling such figures as John Paul Jones and Lord Nelson, as well as many of those ordinary sailors, and such little-known events as the siege of Acre and the War of Jenkins's Ear, Ireland provides a highly readable survey of the great age of sail-driven combat, when mighty navies traversed the world to secure empires for the great powers of two continents. He turns up dozens of illuminating oddments from the historical record, such as the Duke of Wellington's refusal to command England's forces during the War of 1812 and Napoleon Bonaparte's failure to coordinate his navy with his land forces, which contributed to his ultimate defeat. (A similar failure, Ireland writes, led to England's defeat in the American Revolution.)

Along the way, too, Ireland provides terminology and copious illustrations that will be useful to readers of the aforementioned O'Brian and Forester novels, for which this book makes a fine companion volume. --Gregory McNamee

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