BlLAKE, Nicholas and LAWRENCE, Richard
Title: Illustrated Companion to Nelson's Navy. First American Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2000, ISBN:0811708640
Seller ID: 109651
BlLAKE, Nicholas and Richard LAWRENCE. The Illustrated Companion to Nelson's Navy. (Mechanicsburg, PA): Stackpole Books, (2000). First American Edition. Pp. (5)-207,(1). Illustrated throughout. Large 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "No other period of history has spawned such a huge fictional oeuvre as the Nelsonic era. Marryat, Forester, Pope, Kent, Woodman, Donachie, and O'Brian are a few of the authors whose heroes fought against the French. The genre has fascinated millions of readers but The Illustrated Companion to Nelson's Navy is the first book which explains, with reference to the novels, that harsh world in which those heroes lived. This Companion describes every aspect of navy and brings vividly to life the , life the shipboard world of the seaman. The workings of the Admiralty; the design and building of ships; food, drink and entertainment; discipline, medicine,fighting tactics, gunnery, seamanship and shiphandling; the merchant fleet s and the opposing navies and their feats in battle - this and much more isdescribed and explained in succinct texts and illustrated with over 500 sk etches, maps and diagrams. " - from the dustjacket. Contents: The World Background :The Admiralty - The Navy Board - The Royal Navy's Dockyards - The Royal Navy's Bases - British Strategy - The Course of the Wars. The Navy : The Fleet - First Rates - Second Rates - Third Rates - Fourth Rates - FifthRates - Sixth Rates - Smaller Ships and Vessels - The French Navy - The Sp anish Navy - Other European Navies - The American Navy - Merchantmen. The Sailors : Seamen - Warrant Officers - Midshipmen - Lieutenants and Masters &Commanders - Captains - Commodores and Admirals - Marines. Life on Board : The Ship's Day and Week - Cabins and Hammocks - Sanitation, Disease, Injur y and Death - The Officers' Food - The Men's Food - Rum and Drink - Amusement - Discipline, Mutiny and the Articles of War - The Great Mutinies - Women at Sea. The Ships : Construction - 74-gun Ship - Frigate - Masts and Yards - Standing Rigging - Running Rigging - Sails - Fore and Aft Rig - Cannon - Carronades - Specialist Weapons and Small Arms - Shiphandling - Tacking and Wearing - Navigation - Anchors and Cables - Signals - Boats - Storms andShipwreck - The Ship in Action. The Navy at War : The Fleet Action - Battl e of Cape St Vincent, 14 February (1797) - Battle of Camperdown, 11 October(1797) - Battles of the Nile, 1-2 August (1798) - Battle of Copenhagen, 2 April (1801) - Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October (1805) - Amphibious and Combined Operations - The Speedy and the Gamo - Cutting-Out Expeditions - British Invasion Defences - The Invasions of Ireland and Wales - The Invasion Flotillas - The War of 1812 - Rewards. With Glossary of Sea Terms; Weights and Measures; Bibliography of Naval Fiction and Index. Very good in dustjacket. 50.00