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Chronicles of the Frigate Macedonian, 1809-1922
     

Chronicles of the Frigate Macedonian, 1809-1922

by James Tertius De Kay, James Tertius De Kay
 

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His Majesty's Frigate Macedonian was launched at Woolwich in 1810, at the height of the wars against Napoleon, and what remained of her burned in the Bronx in 1922. She is barely remembered today, but in her time the Macedonian was recognized the world over as the most important prize ever taken by the American navy-a distinction she holds to this day. The history of

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His Majesty's Frigate Macedonian was launched at Woolwich in 1810, at the height of the wars against Napoleon, and what remained of her burned in the Bronx in 1922. She is barely remembered today, but in her time the Macedonian was recognized the world over as the most important prize ever taken by the American navy-a distinction she holds to this day. The history of this one ship, re-commissioned U.S.S. Macedonian after her capture, encompassed the great days of fighting sail, and, more specifically, the brief prominence of the frigate as the most useful and perhaps the most dangerous ship in the major navies of the world.

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The Macedonian first went to sea under British colors in 1809. Captured in the War of 1812, it became a mainstay of the U.S. Navy for another half century. It fought only one pitched battle, against the United States in 1812, but showed the flags of its countries from Tunis to Japan in an era when gunboat diplomacy was a literal concept. De Kay masterfully reconstructs the dynamics of life on board a sailing warship at a time when spending months beyond sight of land was the norm. Ship's companies became ship's communities, whose captains set the tone. During its working life, the Macedonian was commanded by embezzlers, martinets and eccentrics, by a British aristocrat and by an American Jew who earned his rank in an era when the U.S. Navy was virulently anti-Semitic. Their stories enliven a vivid, well-written volume that will be welcomed by readers interested in maritime subjects. Photos not seen by PW. (July)

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ISBN-13:
9780393038040
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.21(d)

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