Chronicles of the Frigate Macedonian, 1809-1922

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"History that reads like a historical novel."—New York Times Book Review. "Thoroughly delightful and informative."— Atlantic Monthly
His Majesty's Frigate Macedonian was launched at Woolwich in 1810, at the height of the wars against Napoleon; its remains, refashioned as a seaside hotel, burned in the Bronx in 1922. It is barely remembered now, but in its time the Macedonian was recognized as the most important prize ever taken by the American navy—a distinction it holds to this day. The history of this one ship,...

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Overview

"History that reads like a historical novel."—New York Times Book Review. "Thoroughly delightful and informative."— Atlantic Monthly
His Majesty's Frigate Macedonian was launched at Woolwich in 1810, at the height of the wars against Napoleon; its remains, refashioned as a seaside hotel, burned in the Bronx in 1922. It is barely remembered now, but in its time the Macedonian was recognized as the most important prize ever taken by the American navy—a distinction it holds to this day. The history of this one ship, recommissioned USS Macedonian after its capture from the British in the War of 1812, is an engrossing tale filled with battles, chases, near mutiny, and an engaging cast of commanders. The Macedonian played a prominent role in such major events as the liberation of Latin America, the war against the slave trade, the great Irish famine, and the American Civil War. Not just an entertaining narrative, however, the biography of this extraordinary ship is also a detailed portrait of gunboat diplomacy in the nineteenth century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393320244
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

James Tertius de Kayhaswritten a number of well-received books of American naval history:Chronicles of the Frigate Macedonian;Monitor; andA Rage for Glory. He lives in Pawcatuck, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Preface: The Frigate Macedonian 11
HMS Macedonian, 38 guns
Woolwich 15
Fitting Out 24
FitzRoy 34
Interim Captain 45
Carden 48
29[degree] N. [times] 29[degree]30' W 63
Decatur 89
Gallatin 100
USS Macedonian, 36 guns
New London 111
Tunis 122
In Ordinary 127
Storm 129
Naval Freight 140
Two Visitors 174
Bladensburg 176
Vomito Negro 178
Rio and Rot 187
Death and Resurrection 191
USS Macedonian, 36 guns (Rebuilt)
A Veteran Returns 209
Echoes 211
Incident at Little Berebee 212
"Another Curious Incident" 226
A New Word Enters the Navy's Lexicon 227
Mission to Ireland 228
U.S. Sloop-of-War Macedonian, 20 guns (Razeed)
Memories 247
Japan 249
Identity Crisis 262
Chutzpah 265
Paris 285
City Island, the Bronx 290
Appendix Operational History 295
Acknowledgments 298
Notes and Comments 301
Index 323
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