Sea Battles in Close-Up: The Age of Nelson

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There are few more potent images of naval warfare than that of the dying Admiral Lord Nelson at the moment of his greatest triumph, the defeat of the joint French and Spanish fleets at Trafalgar. The triumph at Trafalgar was the culmination of an era of growing British pre-eminence at sea and foreshadowed the increasing power and prestige bestowed on Britain during the 19th century through the domination of the seas by the Royal Navy. Covering many of the most significant naval actions of the second half of the ...
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There are few more potent images of naval warfare than that of the dying Admiral Lord Nelson at the moment of his greatest triumph, the defeat of the joint French and Spanish fleets at Trafalgar. The triumph at Trafalgar was the culmination of an era of growing British pre-eminence at sea and foreshadowed the increasing power and prestige bestowed on Britain during the 19th century through the domination of the seas by the Royal Navy. Covering many of the most significant naval actions of the second half of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century, Sea Battles in Close-up: The Age of Nelson is a fascinating account of the nature of naval warfare in the era of sail and the personalities involved. Initially looking at the organisation and tactics of fighting at sea in the period, the book then examines in detail a number of major engagements. These include Quiberon Bay in 1759, The Nile in 1798 and Lissa in 1811 as well as Trafalgar itself. Also covered is an examination of single-ship actions and the attempts to defeat the Barbary Corsairs. The book is fully illustrated with a superb selection of line drawings, etchings and other contemporary pictures, which graphically explore both the theory and practice of naval combat in the period.
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An account of the nature of naval warfare in the era of the sail and the personalities involved, covering many of the most significant naval actions of the second half of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century. Looks at organization and tactics of fighting at sea in the period, and then examines in detail major engagements including Quiberon Bay in 1759, the Nile in 1798, and Lissa in 1811. Also examined are single-ship actions and attempts to defeat the Barbary Corsairs. Includes a wealth of b&w photos and illustrations exploring theory and practice of naval combat of the period. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781557507464
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.05 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
1 Ships and sea fighting in the age of Nelson 7
2 Quiberon Bay, 1759 29
3 Flamborough Head, 1779 45
4 Frigate Bay, St Kitts, 1782 55
5 Oars and sails in the Baltic: Svenskund, 1790 63
6 The Battle of the Nile, 1798 69
7 Defence against invasion by the Boulogne Flotilla 95
8 Trafalgar, 1805 113
9 The Battle of Lissa, 1811 143
10 Single-ship actions 151
11 Cutting out actions and bombardments: old and new navies confront the Barbary Corsairs 173
Index 189
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2001

    A Must-Read for Those Interested in Nelson's Navy

    Many fans of Hornblower, Bolitho, and Aubrey know little about the real sea battles of the Napoleonic era. This book provides about a dozen accounts, complete with paintings, sketches, and diagrams, of actual sea battles. The writing is lucid, the stories engaging, and the illustrations helpful.

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