Knights of the Sea: The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War of 1812

Knights of the Sea: The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War of 1812

by David Hanna
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Knights of the Sea: The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War of 1812 by David Hanna

On a September day in 1813, as the Age of Fighting Sail was coming to an end, two maritime warriors faced each other in the waters off Pemaquid Point, Maine...

Samuel Blyth was the youthful commander of His Britannic Majesty's brig Boxer, and William Burrows, younger still, commanded the USS Enterprise. Both men valued honor over life and death, and on this day their commitment would be put to the ultimate test.

The battle between the Boxer and the Enterprise would be the only major sea engagement of the War of 1812 witnessed by people on land, and, though it lasted less than an hour, was a brutal contest whose outcome was uncertain. When the cannon smoke cleared, good men had been lost, and the U.S. Navy's position in the war had changed.

In Knights of the Sea, David Hanna brings to vivid life a lost era-a time when sailing vessels exchanged broadsides and naval officers considered it the highest honor to harness the wind to meet their foes. This history pays tribute to the young commanders on either side, a vanishing breed who would come to be standard bearers of courage and fortitude, and would be immortalized in words by the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Includes Illustrations Throughout

The battle between the Boxer and the Enterprise came to represent for those who witnessed it, lived through it, and remembered it something more than a military turning point-it became emblematic of a maritime era that would soon be gone forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451235626
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Hanna teaches History at University Neighborhood High School in New York. He lives with his family in Morris County, New Jersey.

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Knights of the Sea 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly good read! Too many of these maritime history books beat you over the head with nautical jargon, and the bigger picture gets lost. After finishing the book I felt like I knew these two naval officers who commanded in the battle (Blyth& Burrows), and how they died in such a stupid war. Kudos to Hanna for bringing light to both.
lpd2 More than 1 year ago
Hanna writes with such passion, it's hard not to get swept up in this story. Highly readable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Find it interesting that the author thinks the British impressment of U.S. citizens aboard U.S. ships was a necessary good that the British had to undertake in order to "keep the wolves at bay" for the good of the U.S. as well as the British. I thought this book was going to be about a specific sea battle between two ships during the war of 1812 but only about 10% of the book was devoted to the actual battle. The author decided to take the book into the pacific, the great lakes and land battles and other subjects for some reason, perhaps to fill up enough pages to publish a book.
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Oh! Srry i took a while. Lets go bak to our book. Who cares wat ppl say! Meet u at 1D wat makes u beuatiful book!!! Vanessa