Naval Warfare in the Age of Sail

Naval Warfare in the Age of Sail

by Bernard Ireland, Tony Gibbons
     
 

A colorful history of the men, ships, and tactics that made Nelson's navy the most feared fighting force on earth.
Covering the classic era of sailing ship warfare from the mid-eighteenth century to the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, Naval Warfare in the Age of Sail reveals how warships were built, sailed, and fought in the era made popular today by the

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A colorful history of the men, ships, and tactics that made Nelson's navy the most feared fighting force on earth.
Covering the classic era of sailing ship warfare from the mid-eighteenth century to the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, Naval Warfare in the Age of Sail reveals how warships were built, sailed, and fought in the era made popular today by the novels of Patrick O'Brian and C. S. Forester. The often dense technical detail of these works is explained here for the general reader through text and illustrations that bring the period vividly to life. Through his discussions of single-ship actions, fleet operations, famous commanders, and the day-to-day routines of the men who worked the ships, Bernard Ireland investigates how the navy of King George III came to dominate the high seas, ushering in a century of British maritime supremacy. Acclaimed naval artist Tony Gibbons illustrates every type of sailing warship from ships of the line, frigates, and sloops to privateers' schooners, bomb ketches, and xebecs.

Editorial Reviews

Jeremy Black
A handsomely-illustrated coffee-table book....[it] would make an attractive present.
Library Journal
Naval historians Miller (Theodore Roosevelt: A Life) and Ireland (History of Ships) have each compiled a work on the history of the sailing navy between 1756 and 1815, the great age of the fighting sail. Writing for the general reader, both authors provide a wealth of details on the wooden ships of that era. They describe the construction and operation of the vessels and the life of the crews who manned them, the careers of the officers, and how the ships were sailed and fought. Both authors invoke such names as Lord Nelson, John Paul Jones, Old Ironsides, and the Battle of Trafalgar, among others--enough to make every old, new, and wannabe sailor's heart quicken. The Seven Years' War, the naval side of the American Revolution, the 22-year struggle between Napoleon and Britain, America's undeclared war with France, the Barbary pirates, and the War of 1812 are all covered. Although these books both cover essentially the same period of time, they are quite different. Miller describes the battles in great detail and concentrates more on tactics and strategy, while Ireland is concerned with descriptions of the ships and methods of sailing them. His work contains many illustrations by famed naval artist Tony Gibbons, who presents every type of sailing warship of the era. Libraries that want a comprehensive treatment of the era should order both books as they are complementary and worth having for naval history collections. Recommended for public and academic libraries.--Stanley L. Itkin, Hillside P.L., New Hyde Park, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Booknews
Covering the classic era of sailing ship warfare from the mid-18th century to the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, this colorfully illustrated volume examines how Nelson's navy came to dominate the high seas and how warships were constructed, sailed, and used to fight in a time made popular by modern novelists. Ireland (author of many books on warships and naval warfare) discusses single-ship actions, fleet operations, famous commanders, and the day-to-day routines of the men who worked the ships. Naval artist Tony Gibbons illustrates every type of sailing warship. Together, they present a history of the men, ships, and tactics that brought Nelson's navy to prominence as the source and safeguard of Britain's long maritime supremacy. Oversize: 9x11.25<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393049831
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/17/2000
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Ireland, a naval engineer, is the author of many books, including Jane's War at Sea and Jane's Naval History of World War II.

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