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The illustrated companion to Nelson's navy
Blake, Nicholas.
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Publication Information:
Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, 2000.

Physical Description:
207 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
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Includes index.
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VA454 .B56 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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 some of the authors whose have fought against the French. The genre has delighted millions of readers but this book is the first to explain, with reference to the novels, that harsh but fascinating world in which those heroes lived. This Companion brings every aspect of the navy vividly to life. The workings of the Admiralty; the design and building of ships; food, drink, entertainment, discipline, medicine, fighting tactics, gunnery, seamanship and shiphandling - all this and much more is described and explained. Whether searching for a recipe for 'spotted dog', or looking for the way to reef the main topsail, it is all here. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
The World Background
The Admiraltyp. 8
The Navy Boardp. 10
The Royal Navy's Dockyardsp. 12
The Royal Navy's Basesp. 14
British Strategyp. 16
The Course of the Warsp. 18
The Navy
The Fleetp. 22
First Ratesp. 24
Second Ratesp. 26
Third Ratesp. 28
Fourth Ratesp. 32
Fifth Ratesp. 34
Sixth Ratesp. 38
Smaller Ships and Vesselsp. 40
The French Navyp. 48
The Spanish Navyp. 52
Other European Naviesp. 54
The American Navyp. 56
Merchantmenp. 58
The Sailors
Seamenp. 64
Warrant Officersp. 68
Midshipmenp. 72
Lieutenants and Masters & Commandersp. 74
Captainsp. 76
Commodores and Admiralsp. 78
Marinesp. 80
Life On Board
The Ship's Day and Weekp. 82
Cabins and Hammocksp. 88
Sanitation, Disease, Injury and Deathp. 94
The Officers' Foodp. 96
The Men's Foodp. 100
Rum and Drinkp. 104
Amusementp. 108
Discipline, Mutiny and the Articles of Warp. 114
The Great Mutiniesp. 118
Women at Seap. 120
The Ships
Constructionp. 122
74-gun Shipp. 126
Frigatep. 128
Masts and Yardsp. 130
Standing Riggingp. 132
Running Riggingp. 133
Sailsp. 134
Fore and Aft Rigp. 136
Cannonp. 138
Carronadesp. 140
Specialist Weapons and Small Armsp. 142
Shiphandlingp. 144
Tacking and Wearingp. 146
Navigationp. 148
Anchors and Cablesp. 150
Signalsp. 152
Boatsp. 154
Storms and Shipwreckp. 156
The Ship in Actionp. 158
The Navy At War
The Fleet Actionp. 162
Battle of Cape St Vincent, 14 February (1797)p. 164
Battle of Camperdown, 11 October (1797)p. 166
Battle of the Nile, 1-2 August (1798)p. 168
Battle of Copenhagen, 2 April (1801)p. 170
Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October (1805)p. 172
Amphibious and Combined Operationsp. 176
The Speedy and the Gamop. 178
Cutting-Out Expeditionsp. 180
British Invasion Defencesp. 182
The Invasions of Ireland and Walesp. 184
The Invasion Flotillasp. 186
The War of 1812p. 188
Rewardsp. 192
Glossary of Sea Termsp. 195
Weights and Measuresp. 202
Bibliography of Naval Fictionp. 204
Indexp. 206