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American Light and Medium Frigates 1794-1836
Lardas, Mark
ISBN: 9781846032660
Osprey Pub Co  2008 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages. NVG147. The ‘Original Six’ frigates were commissioned by the new-born US Navy at a staggering cost of nearly $700,000. Designed to be light and fast, these warships enabled America to project its power across the globe. Among the ships Mark Lardas examines is USS Constellation: the first ship to be commissioned by the United States Navy. Alongside stirring accounts of engagements during the Barbary Wars, the author explores the design and development of these frigates, explaining the shortcomings that led to their replacement by larger, heavier 44-gun models by 1800. Packed with contemporary illustrations of US frigates and their British and French rivals, this book follows the escalation of the naval ‘arms race’ during the 18th century. Contents: Introduction Design and Development, Operational History, The Ships, Color Plate Commentary, Index.  As New
Price: $23.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 002671  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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British Frigate Vs French Frigate: 1793-1814
Lardas, Mark
ISBN: 9781780961323
Osprey Pub Co  2013 
 Soft Cover New book, 80 pages, DUE52. During in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars both Great Britain and France employed frigates to achieve their maritime objectives: to perpetuate its supremacy the Royal Navy needed to be strong everywhere, while the French Navy concentrated its efforts on deploying single frigates or small frigate squadrons to probe for weak points in the British mastery of the seas. Between 1793 and 1814, British and French frigates met and fought in over 100 battles. Of these no fewer than 32 were pure frigate duels, with a pair of frigates fighting without the interference of another major warship before the battle ended. Attention and romance attached to these clashes, both at the time and right up to the present day; literary characters such as Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey have perpetuated the legend of these spirited battles on the high seas for successive generations. In this book, four representative frigate duels are examined: first, a battle fought between two closely matched ships (HMS Nymphe (36) vs La Cleopatre (32), 18 June 1793); second, a victory won by an inferior British frigate over a superior French frigate (HMS Pallas (32) vs Minerve (40), 14 May 1806); third, a victory - the only one - by an inferior French frigate over a superior British frigate (HMS Ambuscade (32) vs Baionnaise (24), 14 December 1798), and fourth, victory of a superior British frigate over an inferior French frigate (HMS Indefatigable (44) of Hornblower fame vs La Virginie (40), 21 April 1796). Featuring specially commissioned artwork and offering expert analysis, this study provides a vivid account of the bloody combats fought by the most romantic warship of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic era - the frigate.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006919  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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British Napoleonic Ship-Of-The-Line
Konstam, Angus
ISBN: 184176308X
Osprey Pub Co University Park, Illinois, U.S.A. 2001 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages, NVG042. The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars encompassed a period when rival European fleets vied for naval supremacy, and naval tactics were evolving. The British Royal Navy emerged triumphant as the leading world sea power, and the epitome of Britannic naval strength was the Ship-of-the-Line. These 'wooden walls' were more than merely floating gun batteries: they contained a crew of up to 800 men, and often had to remain at sea for extended periods. This book offers detailed coverage of the complex vessels that were the largest man-made structures produced in the pre-Industrial era. Covers: Design, Operation, The Fleet 1792-1815.  As New
Price: $23.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 001718  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Constitution Vs Guerriere: Frigates During the War of 1812
Lardas, Mark
ISBN: 9781846034343
Osprey Pub Co  2009 
 Soft Cover New book, 80 pages, DUE19. Famed as a classic naval duel, a one-on-one clash between two sailing frigates offered the victor immeasurable fame and glory. During the War of 1812, the Royal Navy and United States Navy squared off in four such duels, the most famous that between the USS Constitution and HMS Guerrière. Ships and tactics between the two nations varied enormously, with the American navy favouring a revolutionary design of frigate, with twenty-four pounder guns and heavy structural timbers, while the British, used to fighting the French and Spanish navies, relied on smaller, eighteen-pounder frigates. Through first-hand accounts of these four single-ship actions and fascinating comparisons of artillery, crew ability and tactical achievements, this book offers an unparalleled insight into the ruthless reality of frigate battles in the War of 1812.  As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007009  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Constitution Vs Guerriere: Frigates During the War of 1812
Lardas, Mark
ISBN: 9781846034343
Osprey Pub Co  2009 
 Soft Cover New book, 80 pages, DUE19. Famed as a classic naval duel, a one-on-one clash between two sailing frigates offered the victor immeasurable fame and glory. During the War of 1812, the Royal Navy and United States Navy squared off in four such duels, the most famous that between the USS Constitution and HMS Guerrière. Ships and tactics between the two nations varied enormously, with the American navy favouring a revolutionary design of frigate, with twenty-four pounder guns and heavy structural timbers, while the British, used to fighting the French and Spanish navies, relied on smaller, eighteen-pounder frigates. Through first-hand accounts of these four single-ship actions and fascinating comparisons of artillery, crew ability and tactical achievements, this book offers an unparalleled insight into the ruthless reality of frigate battles in the War of 1812.  As New
Price: $24.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007723  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Fleet Battle and Blockade : The French Revolutionary War 1793-1797
Gardiner, Robert
ISBN: 1845600118
Mercury Books  2006 
 Soft Cover New book, 192 pages, 300+ illustrations. Forgetting the set backs of teh American Revolutionary War, in 1793 the Royal Navy embarked on an almost unprecedented era of victories at sea, producing a considerable appetite for pictures of every incident great or small. A thriving trade in prints and engraving grew up, supplemented by watercolors and oils by celebreated artists. These sources form a rich bein that have barely been touched in previous publications, but which this book uses to full effect. Despite numerous defeats, the French navy continued to dispute command of the sea in the period 1793-1797, and the early years of the war abound with fleet engagements, including dramatic victories against the Spanish at St Vincent and the Dutch at Caperdown, between which the navy edured the shocking events of the Great Mutiny.  Very Good
Price: $39.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 003239  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Great Lakes Warships 1812-1815
Lardas, Mark
ISBN: 9781849085663
Osprey Pub Co  2012 
 Soft Cover New book, 48 pages, NVG188. When war broke out in 1812, neither the United States Navy nor the Royal Navy had more than a token force on the Great Lakes. However, once the shooting started, it sparked a ship-building arms race that continued throughout the war. This book examines the design and development of the warships built upon the lakes during the war, emphasizing their differences from their salt-water contemporaries. It then goes onto cover their operational use as they were pitted against each other in a number of clashes on the lakes that often saws ships captured, re-crewed, and thrown back against their pervious owners. Released in 2012 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the outbreak of the war, this is a timely look at a small, freshwater naval war.   As New
Price: $16.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005957  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Nelson's Victory : 101 Questions and Answers about HMS Victory, Nelson's Flagship at Trafalgar 1805
Goodwin, Peter
ISBN: 0851779883
Conway Maritime Press London 2005 
 Hard Cover New book, 101 pages. Much has been written about HMS Victory but it is often simplistic and romanticised or clearly aimed at the technical requirements of the naval historian. In Nelson’s Victory, Peter Goodwin adopts a fresh approach to explain the workings of the only surviving ‘line of battle’ ship of the Napoleonic Wars. As Victory was engaged in battle during only two per cent of her active service, Peter Goodwin also provides a glimpse into life and work at sea during the other ninety-eight per cent of the time. As technical and historical advisor to the ship in Portsmouth, he is in a unique position to investigate an interpret not only the ship’s structure but also the essential aspects of shipboard life: victualling, organisation, discipline, domestic arrangements and medical care. In his role as Keeper and Curator of the ship, the author has been asked thousands of questions by visitors and historians alike. In this volume he has selected 101 of the most important and telling questions and provides full and detailed responses to each: ‘What types of wood were used in building Victory?’; ‘What was Victory’s longest voyage?’; ‘How much shot was fired from her guns at Trafalgar?’; ‘How many boats did Victory carry?’; ‘What was prize money?’; ‘What was grog?’; ‘When did her career as a fighting ship end?’, and ‘How many people visit Victory each year?’.   As New/As New
Price: $19.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 003066  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Victory vs Redoutable: Ships of the line at Trafalgar 1805
Fremont-Barnes, Gregory
ISBN: 9781846031342
Osprey Pub Co  2008 
 Soft Cover New book, 80 pages, DUE09. Late in the morning on October 21, 1805, warships from the British and combined French and Spanish fleets clashed off Cape Trafalgar on the Spanish coast. After a six month game of cat and mouse across the Atlantic, 27 British ships of the line engaged the Allied force of 33 ships of the line. This was a duel of skill, tenacity and bravery as captains and crews battled for mastery of the seas. This book is an opportunity to relive the action at Trafalgar - read the accounts of sailors who were there, and who experienced the sound of scraping cutlasses and bombarding cannons at one of the most important naval engagements of history. Understand how the guns were operated, learn about the training of crews and study the design and development of the incredible ships which dominated naval warfare of the period, as Gregory Fremont-Barnes reveals the revolutionary tactics used by Nelson to secure a victory that saved Britain from the threat of invasion and ensured British naval dominance for over a century.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 007008  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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