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9781844153015

The Frigates

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  • ISBN13:

    9781844153015

  • ISBN10:

    1844153010

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-11-30
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword
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Summary

Admiral Nelson's most frequent cry was for more frigates. Though not ships of the line these fast and powerful warships were the 'eyes of the fleet'. They enabled admirals to find where the enemy lay and his likely intentions, as well as patrolling vital trade routes and providing information from far-flung colonies. Together with their smaller cousins, the sloops and brigs of the Royal Navy, they performed a vital function. Generally commanded by ambitious young men, these were the ships that could capture enemy prizes and earn their officers and men enough prize-money to set them up for life. The fictional characters Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey hardly surpassed some of the extraordinary deeds of derring-do and tragedy described in these pages. Originally published in two volumes, this book is a bargain for all who want the factual low-down on the Brylcreem Boys of Nelson's navy.

Table of Contents

Author's notes 9(4)
Foreword 13(85)
1 The Frigates
15(11)
2 Success story
26(19)
3 Mutiny and retribution
45(12)
4 Invasion
57(3)
5 The East India Station: the Far East
60(8)
6 The East India Station: Bay of Bengal
68(7)
7 Inglorious defeat
75(6)
8 Successful defeat
81(6)
9 The young star-captains
87(11)
10 The last Viking 98(20)
11 Prize money 118(9)
12 Squadron action 127(11)
13 The big frigates 138(16)
14 Challenge encounter 154(8)
15 South Pacific 162(6)
16 Shipwreck 168(10)
Glossary 178(1)
Appendix 1 Notes on the Plates 179(3)
Appendix 2 Tonnage 182(1)
Tables 183(4)
Index 187

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