Battle for the Bay: The Naval War of 1812

Battle for the Bay: The Naval War of 1812

by Joshua M. Smith
     
 

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As the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 approaches, a new chapter in the history of the war is being opened for the first time. Although naval battles raged on the Great Lakes, combat between privateers and small government vessels boiled in the Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of Maine. Three small warships — the Provincial sloop Brunswicker, His Majesty&

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As the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 approaches, a new chapter in the history of the war is being opened for the first time. Although naval battles raged on the Great Lakes, combat between privateers and small government vessels boiled in the Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of Maine. Three small warships — the Provincial sloop Brunswicker, His Majesty's schooner Bream, and His Majesty's brig of war Boxer — played a vital role in defending the eastern waters of British North America in this crucial war.

The crews of these hardy ships fought both the Americans and the elements — winter winds, summer fog, and the fierce tidal currents of the Bay of Fundy — enduring the all-too-real threats of shipwreck and possible capture and imprisonment. In peacetime, these patrol craft enforced maritime law. In wartime, they engaged in a guerre de course, attacking the enemy's commercial shipping while protecting their own. Now, for the first time, Joshua Smith tells the full story of the battle for the bay.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780864926449
Publisher:
Goose Lane Editions & Gregg Centre for Study of War & Society
Publication date:
04/22/2011
Series:
New Brunswick Military Heritage Series, #17
Edition description:
First edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Joshua M. Smith grew up in the United States on Cape Cod and coastal Maine. He now teaches at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, where is he also director of the American Merchant Marine Museum. He is the author of Borderland Smuggling: Patriots, Loyalists, and Illicit Trade in the Northeast, 1783-1820.

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