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Nelson's Navy: The Ships, Men, and Organization, 1793-1815

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The popularity of sea-stories set during the Napoleonic Wars bears witness to the great romance associated with the sailing navy at the apogee of its success. Of course, these accounts are fiction and accurate descriptions of either the technicalities or contemporary social conditions are not their main aim, but they whet the appetite for more information. For all those with this deeper interest in the workings of a great fleet, Nelson's Navy will prove the perfect guide. The book is divided into 14 thematic ...
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Overview

The popularity of sea-stories set during the Napoleonic Wars bears witness to the great romance associated with the sailing navy at the apogee of its success. Of course, these accounts are fiction and accurate descriptions of either the technicalities or contemporary social conditions are not their main aim, but they whet the appetite for more information. For all those with this deeper interest in the workings of a great fleet, Nelson's Navy will prove the perfect guide. The book is divided into 14 thematic sections that deal with the design and construction of ships; with the Navy's central and local administration; with the training and organization of officers, seamen and marines; with ship administration; and with life at sea. By means of dispassionate descriptions and personal accounts the author reveals a world far removed from the popularly depicted poverty and cruelty of life in the Royal Navy. Brian Lavery -- one of the world's leading authorities on the sailing navy -- has produced a book that is truly encyclopaedic in its scope and at the same time eminently readable. Derived from considerable original research, Nelson's Navy is the first single-volume work to cover in such depth this vast and complex subject, and give a clear and authentic picture of the Senior Service as a whole. Nelson's Navy has become the essential source book for the naval historian, a valuable reference work for the enthusiast, and a revelation to the general reader.
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Lavery (Ship of the line and Arming and fitting of English ships of war 1600-1815), among the greatest scholars of the period's warships, has produced here a synthesis of his research. It gives us an intimate experience of navy life, ship configuration, furniture, working and fighting the ships, amphibious operations. Some 400 illustrations--both contemporary drawings and prints, and current photos of models--enhance the immediacy of the text. For all maritime and military history collections. 10x12 Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591146117
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Preface 9
Part 1 Background
1 The Wars with France 11
2 Early Naval History 15
3 The Naval Administration 21
4 Britain and the World 25
Part 2 Types of Ships
1 The Principles of Ship Design 35
2 Ships-of-the-Line 43
3 Frigates 49
4 Unrated Ships and Vessels 52
Part 3 Shipbuilding
1 Ship Construction 58
2 Fitting of ships 67
3 Masts, Sails and Rigging 73
4 Armament 80
Part 4 Officers
1 Officers' Entry and Training 88
2 Commissioned Officers 94
3 Warrant Officer 100
4 Officers' Living Conditions 104
5 Ship Administration 112
Part 5 Naval Recruitment
1 The Problem of Naval Recruitment 117
2 The Press Gang 120
3 Other Methods of Recruiting 123
Part 6 Seamen and Landmen
1 Seamen's Conditions of Service 129
2 Seamen and Petty Officers 133
3 Landmen, Arificers and Servants 137
4 Mutiny and Desertion 141
Part 7 Marines
1 Role and Organisation 145
2 Marines in Service 150
3 Marine Equipment and Uniform 154
Part 8 Techniques
1 Basic Seamanship 157
2 Ship Handling 162
3 Boat and Anchor Work 167
4 Gunnery and Fighting 172
5 Navigation 181
6 Disaster at Sea 187
Part 9 Shipboard Life
1 The Organisation of the Crew 194
2 The Ship's Day 200
3 The Necessities of Life 203
4 Rewards and Pleasures 208
5 Medicine and Health 212
6 Discipline 216
Part 10 Dockyards and Bases
1 The Work and Facilities of the Dockyards 221
2 The Dockyard Workforce 226
3 Home Anchorages and Naval Bases 230
4 Overseas Bases 236
5 The Victualling Organisation 241
Part 11 Fleets
1 The Distribution of Fleets 245
2 Fleet Administration 251
3 Fleet Tactics 255
4 Signals 260
Part 12 The Seaman's World
1 Winds and Currents 265
2 The Merchant Marine 269
3 Other Naval Services 273
Part 13 Foreign Navies
1 The French Navy 278
2 The Spanish Navy 282
3 The American Navy 286
4 Other Foreign Naval Forces 290
Part 14 Tactics
1 Fighting Tactics 295
2 Blockade 300
3 Convoys and Cruisers 305
4 Amphibious Operations 310
5 Victory and Defeat 317
Appendices 325
Sources 334
Index 348
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