The gun Temeraire warship broke through the French and Spanish line directly astern of Nelson's flagship Victory during the Battle of Trafalgar , saving Nelson at a crucial moment in the battle, and, in the words of John Ruskin, fought until her sides ran 'wet with the long runlets of English blood The result is a detailed picture of British maritime power at two of its most significant peaks in the age of sail: the climaxes of both the Seven Years' War and the Napoleonic Wars It covers every aspect of life in the sailing navy, with particular emphasis on amphibious warfare, disease, victualling, blockade, mutiny and, of course, fleet battle, for it was at Trafalgar that the Temeraire really won her fame.
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Hearts of Oak Trilogy by Sam Willis
Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Editorial Reviews Review Absorbing and enjoyable. Willis is a reliable and readable guideto the naval history embodied in the Temeraire. His book cleverlyuses the microcosm of the life story of one ship to reflect thewider narrative of the decades-long struggle between Britain andFrance for mastery of the seas. Sam spent eighteen months as a Square Rig Able Seaman, sailing the tall ships used in the Hornblower television series and Channel 4's award-winning film Shackleton, and is a consultant to the BBC's Coast.
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I was very pleased with this book. The author starts this book with Turner's famous painting and leaves us there as well. Having been lucky enough to have viewed this painting while in London, this book was a must for me. Fortunately Willis thought it important to tell us of the first Temeraire which not surprisingly was a French prize. I thought it interesting to see how the Royal Navy modified the ship for their use with additional storage for food and water and even improvements with superior English blocks for the rigging.
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After learing the history of the original, Willis moves on to the new Temeraire which was built at Chatham yards, which can still be visited today. The history of the new second rate ship of the line is fascinating indeed. My favorite chapter deals with the mutiny on board while she carried an admiral's flag! Her part at Trafalgar is well covered, where she gained fame by saving Nelson's H. S Victory as well as taking two prizes. I very much enjoyed the final chapters of the book, describing her part in the Baltic campaign, her role as a prison hulk and a guard ship.
The most moving chapter involves her breaking up which moved many Britons who had a new awarenes of the importance of the Battle of Trafalgar which in turn inspired Turner to create his masterpiece. The book finishes with a list of the Trafalgar crew and poetry written about the ship by Herman Melville and others, and a note on the importance of preserving historic vessels.
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This is a book that will leave you with the feeling that you have gained something from the time invested in this volume, and an urge to visit historic vessels whenever possible. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I enjoyed this book a great deal and it's accessible to a reader like me with no background in the history of naval warfare.
This account of the Temeraire, a ship that fought at Trafalgar, is well-written, thoroughly researched, and quite absorbing. The linkage to the Turner painting of the Temeraire being towed by a steam tug to its destruction justifies the elegiac tone. The background information, such as the logistics of preparing and provisioning a ship of the line in the Age of Sail, is quite fascinating. The descriptions of naval tactics and of the battles are very well done. It doesn't seem fair to me to penalize the book itself for this, but if I could have given a separate rating for form as opposed to content, it would have been low.
Prospective readers should be aware that whoever prepared the book for the Kindle has done a shoddy job. A minor cavil is that there are no links from the text to the endnotes. This is not a serious problem because with only a few exceptions the notes are purely bibliographic, with no commentary, but it is annoying. There are a handful of footnotes, which are linked from the text, but I failed to notice the very discreet asterisks that identified them, and only found out that there were footnotes when I stumbled across them while paging through the back of the book.
A more serious flaw is that the place-names on the maps are largely unreadable. Also, there are no links between references in the text to illustrations and the illustrations themselves. In other words, when the text refers to "Fig.
One must first navigate to the list of illustrations, which I bookmarked to get there more quickly, and then from there to the particular illustration sought. Even then and this is characteristic of many Kindle books, it seems , one is taken to a page with nothing on it but the caption for the illustration.