The Perfect Wreck - Old Ironsides And Hms Javaby Steven E. Maffeo
HMS Java and the USS Constitution (the famous "Old Ironsides") face off in the War of 1812's most spectacular blue-water frigate action. Their separate stories begin in August 1812-one in England and the other in New England. Then, the tension and suspense rise, week-by-week, as
December 29, 1812 - The date of one of the most dramatic sea battles in naval history.
HMS Java and the USS Constitution (the famous "Old Ironsides") face off in the War of 1812's most spectacular blue-water frigate action. Their separate stories begin in August 1812-one in England and the other in New England. Then, the tension and suspense rise, week-by-week, as the ships cruise the Atlantic, slowly and inevitably coming together for the final life-and-death climax.
The Perfect Wreck is not only the first full-length book ever written about the battle between the USS Constitution and HMS Java, it is a gem of Creative Nonfiction. It has the exhaustive research of a scholarly history book; but it is beautifully presented in the form of a novel.
"A highly recommended must-read for every naval enthusiast-indeed, for every American!" - Stephen Coonts - NY Times best-selling author
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I truly enjoyed the voyage that Steve Maffeo sent me on. "The Perfect Wreck" is an excellent book and a great look into the "age of fighting sail" at its peak. Maffeo's methodology in creating the different aspects in telling the story of each ship and crew fitting out--to the actual voyages leading to their ultimate destiny and climactic battle--was perfect. The reader couldn't ask for a better story. There were many aspects of preparation for sea that I was not aware of, especially the painstaking work in getting the masts and rigging seaworthy for each ship. Sailing and engaging another ship in battle was very complex, much more so than in the modern navy, and Maffeo brings out that complexity very well. I've read many accounts of sea battles, but not to the point where I felt I was on board both ships as an observer. The reader gets to see the perspective of both sides as well as the attitudes and philosophies of both ships' captains. We all feel that we would like to go back in time to witness a particular event, and Maffeo's book does that for me. Many accounts of 19th-century sea battles are just that, accounts. He has taken the genre and placed the reader on deck--making them an actual eyewitness! Bravo-Zulu! (Naval signal meaning "Well Done")
I just finished reading "The Perfect Wreck" and enjoyed it so much. I completely approve of Captain Maffeo's approach to writing it in the historical fiction style of Jeff Shaara and some others. I learned much more about the engagement and the ships and crews involved than I had ever known. My two - all too brief - visits to the USS Constitution are among the highlights of my life, and I am glad to learn a lot more about why she gained her reputation and love of the nation.