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Sea Battles in the Age of Sail

Sea Battles in the Age of Sail

Author: Bob Carruthers

Publisher: Coda Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781781580844

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Page: 304

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"Collects Grant's work on the subject of sea warfare, from Francis Drake to Trafalgar. The book contains illustrations and remarkably detailed accounts of key battles and historically defining strategies."--Page [4] of cover.

Naval Warfare in the Age of Sail

Naval Warfare in the Age of Sail

Author: Bernard Ireland

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 0393049833

Category: History

Page: 240

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A chronicle of warships and tactics in the "Age of Sail" focuses on the Revolutionary War and Napoleonic Wars, capturing the gritty details of daily life at sea and describing the strategies used to achieve victory on the high seas.

War at Sea in the Age of Sail (Smithsonian History of Warfare)

War at Sea in the Age of Sail (Smithsonian History of Warfare)

Author: Andrew Lambert

Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

ISBN: 0060838558

Category: History

Page: 240

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Our fascination with the drama of war at sea is as strong today as it was in the heyday of the sailing ship.This book, written by one of the world's foremost authors on naval warfare, describes the dramatic battles of an age when sail was supreme. Andrew Lambert's comprehensive history examines key naval conflicts from the highest strategic level right down to the experience of the ordinary sailor. Fully illustrated throughout, this book incorporates computer-generated cartography that brings the sea battles to life. An in-depth look at ship design and the "floating culture" onboard The Anglo-Dutch Wars of 1650–74, when English commanders challenged Dutch sea power with superior speed, close quarters fighting, and fireships The rise and fall of the French Navy under the Sun King, Louis XIV The Napoleonic Wars, the defeat of the French fleet, and the rise of British Royal Navy hero Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson

The Four Days' Battle of 1666

The Four Days' Battle of 1666

Author: Frank L. Fox

Publisher: Seaforth Publishing

ISBN: 9781783469635

Category: History

Page: 448

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“An excellent piece of work, not just as an account of the Four Days’ Battle itself but also for its account of the entire Second Anglo-Dutch War” (HistoryOfWar.org). On June 1, 1666, a large but outnumbered English fleet engaged the Dutch off the mouth of the Thames in a colossal battle that was to involve nearly 200 ships and last four days. False intelligence had led the English to divide their fleet to meet a phantom threat from France, and although the errant squadron rejoined on the final day of the battle, it was not enough to redress the balance. Like many a defeat, it sparked controversy at the time, and has been the subject of speculation and debate ever since. The battle was an event of such overwhelming complexity that for centuries it defied description and deterred study, but this superbly researched book is now recognized as the definitive account. It provides the first clear exposition of the opposing forces, fills many holes in the narrative and answers most of the questions raised by the actions of the English commanders. It makes for a thoroughly engrossing story, and one worthy of the greatest battle of the age of sail.

Nelson's Battles

Nelson's Battles

Author: Nicholas Tracy

Publisher: Naval Inst Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105019212625

Category: Copenhagen, Battle of, 1801

Page: 224

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Tracy (history, U. of New Brunswick) is a specialist in naval warfare especially during the age of sail. He presents an account of British Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson's (1758-1805) military career that should please Nelson fans and readers new to or old in the naval warfare. He reviews Nelson's earl

Daily Life in the Age of Sail

Daily Life in the Age of Sail

Author: Dorothy Denneen Volo

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313310262

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 322

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Explore in detail the lives of those on the high seas during the age of sail and exploration, as well as those in seaport towns.

English/British Naval History to 1815

English/British Naval History to 1815

Author: Eugene L. Rasor

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313305471

Category: History

Page: 875

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Delivers a comprehensive historiographical and bibliographical survey of academic and printed materials on the maritime and naval history of England and Great Britain from its earliest times to 1815.

Sea Battles in Close-up, the Age of Nelson

Sea Battles in Close-up, the Age of Nelson

Author: David Lyon

Publisher: Naval Inst Press

ISBN: UOM:39015038535210

Category: History

Page: 192

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There are few more potent images of naval warfare than that of the dying Admiral Lord Nelson at the moment of his greatest triumph, the defeat of the joint French and Spanish fleets at Trafalgar. The triumph at Trafalgar was the culmination of an era of growing British pre-eminence at sea and foreshadowed the increasing power and prestige bestowed on Britain during the 19th century through the domination of the seas by the Royal Navy. Covering many of the most significant naval actions of the second half of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century, Sea Battles in Close-up: The Age of Nelson is a fascinating account of the nature of naval warfare in the era of sail and the personalities involved. Initially looking at the organisation and tactics of fighting at sea in the period, the book then examines in detail a number of major engagements. These include Quiberon Bay in 1759, The Nile in 1798 and Lissa in 1811 as well as Trafalgar itself. Also covered is an examination of single-ship actions and the attempts to defeat the Barbary Corsairs. The book is fully illustrated with a superb selection of line drawings, etchings and other contemporary pictures, which graphically explore both the theory and practice of naval combat in the period.

Female Tars

Female Tars

Author: Suzanne J. Stark

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

ISBN: 9781682472699

Category: History

Page: 224

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The wives and female guests of commissioned officers often went to sea in the sailing ships of the British Royal Navy in the 18th and 19th centuries, but there were other women on board as well, rarely mentioned in print. Suzanne Stark has written the story of the women who lived on the lower decks. She thoroughly investigates the custom of allowing prostitutes to live with the crews of warships in port. She provides some judicious answers to questions about what led so many women to such an appalling fate and why the Royal Navy unofficially condoned the practice. She also offers some revealing firsthand accounts of the wives of warrant officers and semen who spent years at sea living—and fighting—beside their men without pay or even food rations, and of the women in male disguise who actually served as seamen or marines. These women’s stories have long intrigued the public as the popularity of the often richly embellished accounts of their exploits has proved. Stark disentangles fact from myth and offers some well-founded explanations for such perplexing phenomena as the willingness of women to join the navy when most of the men had to be forced on board by press gangs. Now available in paperback, this lively history draws on primary sources and so gives an authentic view of life on board the ships of Britain’s old sailing navy and the social context of the period that served to limit roles open to lower-class women. The final chapter is devoted to the autobiography of one redoubtable seagoing woman: Mary Lacy, who served as a seaman in shipwright in the Royal Navy for twelve years.

Dutch Warships in the Age of Sail 1600-1714

Dutch Warships in the Age of Sail 1600-1714

Author: James Bander

Publisher: Seaforth Publishing

ISBN: 9781848321571

Category: Transportation

Page: 330

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For most of the seventeenth century the Netherlands constituted the most important maritime power in the world, with by far the largest merchant fleet and a dominance in seaborne trade that other countries feared and envied. Born out of an 80-year struggle against Spain for independence, the Dutch republic relied on naval power to guarantee its freedom, promote its trade and defend its overseas colonies. The Dutch navy was crucial to its survival and success, yet the ships that made up its fleets are among the least studied of any in the age of sail. The reasons for this include a decentralised administration of five separate admiralties, often producing ships of the same name at the same time, the widespread co-opting of merchantmen into naval fleets, and competing systems of measuring ships, all of which leads to confusion and error.?The most significant contribution of this book is to produce the first definitive listing of all Dutch fighting ships ‰ÛÒ whether purpose-built, purchased, hired or captured ‰ÛÒ from the heyday of the United Provinces, complete with technical details and summaries of their careers. It also provides an appreciation of the administrative, economic and technical background, and outlines the many campaigns fought by one of the most successful navies in history. ?With its unique depth of information, this is a work of the utmost importance to every naval historian and general reader interested in the navies of the sailing era.

History of Warships

History of Warships

Author: James L. George

Publisher: Naval Inst Press

ISBN: UOM:39015043798647

Category: History

Page: 384

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Organized by the four major ages of warships - galley, sail, steam, and modern - George graphically presents the design evolution, construction, and operational uses of specific ship types, including their defenses, weapons, propulsion, and famous sea battles. While his focus is on ships of major naval powers, he also offers interesting examples from lesser navies and includes Leonardo da Vinci's submarine designs, Germany's pocket battleship, Austria's World War I air-cushion catamaran, and Italy's naval tanks with lateral caterpillar chains.