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

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

by Brian Lavery
     
 

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… See more details below

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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 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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ISBN-13:
9781591146117
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.71(d)

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