STUART, Vivian EGGLESTON, George T.
Title: His Majesty's Sloop-of-War Diamond Rock. in dj.
Publisher:  Robert Hale, 1978,
Seller ID: 40997
STUART, Vivian and George T. Eggleston. His Majesty's Sloop-of-War Diamond Rock. Foreword by Rear-Admiral Ernest M. Eller. L: Robert Hale, (1978). Pp 206. 8vo, black cloth. "Commissioned in 1804 by Commodore Samuel Hood during the Napoleonic Wars, H.M.S. Diamond Rock was a 600-foot-high pinnacle of basalt rising out of the sea less than a mile from the shores of Martinique. The French regarded the cliffs as unclimbable, but under the command of James Wilkes Maurice, Hood's seamen scaled them. They swayed two 18-pounder guns up to the summit, established living quarters and a hospital in its caves, and set up batteries to cover the approaches to Fort Royal. For a year and a half, the garrison of 120 seamen and marines held their rocky stronghold." -from the dj. Top edge dusty, else vg in dj. 70.00