The Sea Warriors is the true story of the great frigate captains of the Nelsonic Royal Navy who spent long and arduous years away from their homes fighting for king and country, to win and hold control of the seas.
Richard Woodman skillfully dissects the events of the war years, focusing on the cruiser war, that war between opposing frigates which entailed the blockade of enemy ports, the interception of enemy trade and the protection of Britain's merchant ships. The whole magnificent sweep of this great struggle is set against its political background of the Napoleonic wars and the sea war with America.
With this narrative come an extraordinary array of young, daring and hugely skilled frigate captains whose ability to grasp the chances offered by war made them household names in this savage age. Some, like Warren, Pellew, Cochrane and Collingwood, are still renowned; others are here rescued from under the shadow of Nelson as the author recounts their brave and brilliant exploits.
As well as the thrilling accounts of sea battles and single ship actions, the author describes the darker side to life at sea - the constant danger and harsh discipline, the wearying monotony of sea-keeping, the scourges of disease and the occasional outbreaks of mutiny. This is a stirring story combined with a feast of knowledge.
|Publisher:||Naval Institute Press|
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About the Author
Richard Woodman, the well known seaman and writer, is an Elder Brethren of Trinity House, and is perhaps best known for his Nathaniel Drinkwater series of historical naval novels. He has written a considerable body of naval history including acclaimed studies of the Arctic and Malta convoys of the Second World War.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vii
1 'Post nubila Phoebus' 1
2 'We dished her up in fifty minutes' 19
3 'Consummate professional skill' 35
4 'A very heavy gale1 53
5 'Broadside uppermost' 69
6 'The Devil in harbour' 91
7 'I shall return' 105
8 'I will lead you myself 119
9 'So daring an enterprise' 139
10 'The peace which passeth all understanding' 163
11 'England expects' 187
12 Firmness … to the backbone' 209
13 'Stand firm' 229
14 'Remember Nelson' 247
15 'My Lord, you must go…' 263
16 'To purge the eastern side of the globe' 279
17 'Don't give up the ship' 295
18 'The ship is safe' 323
Select Bibliography 343
An Explanation of Terminology and Glossary 347