The Naval History of Great Britain: 1811-1827

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Stackpole Books, 2002 - 568 pages
William M. James's Naval History is one of the most valuable works in the English language on the operation of the Royal Navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. James corresponded widely with the survivors of the events he describes. By carefully evaluating and balancing conflicting reports and testimonies, he achieved an accuracy often lacking in later studies.

The original five volumes were published in 1822 to 1824, with a six-volume edition appearing in 1826. This new hard-cover edition, with an introduction by the noted naval historian Andrew Lambert as well as an index for each volume, provides both scholars and maritime enthusiasts an accessible and affordable edition of this important work. Volume V features the 1808-1811 operations of the Royal Navy in the Mediterranean and Baltic seas, as well as its involvement in the Peninsular War. In Volume VI, the United States enters the war at sea, and the 1811-1827 battles feature vessels such as the USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere, Chesapeake and Shannon, United States and Macedonian.

 

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Contents

LIGHT SQUADRONS AND SINGLE SHIPS 1 Little Belt and President 3
26
Capture of Java
39
BRITISH AND FRENCH FLEETS 40 State of the British navy ibid
54
Boats of Osprey near Heligoland 55 Boats of Horatio on coast
61
Victorious and Rivoli ibid Boats of Pilot and Thames at Policastro
68
Lieutenant Dwyer at Binendom 72 Boats of Becchante at Port Lemo
74
Minerva and Essex 87 Alert and Essex 88 Rattler
92
Action of the Guerrière and Constitution
100
Lieutenant Polkinghorne at the Rappahannock ibid Rearadmiral
231
Junon and American gunboats ibid Unsuccessful attack on Craney
253
Hebrus and Etoile 265 Niger and Tagus with Cérès
267
278 Majestic with Atalnate and Terpsichore 279 Loire
278
Phoebe and Essex 284 Orpheus and Frolic 290
290
Epervier and Peacock 292 Reindeer and Wasp 429 Avon
302
Capture of Washington 309 Captain Gordon
317
at Pettipague 325 Lieutenant Garland at Wareham ibid Pique
328

Guerrière and Constitution 94 Frolic and Wasp 110 Macedonian
125
Java and Constitution 126 Laura and Diligent
139
BRITISH AND AMERICAN NAVIES 141 State of the British navy ibid
153
AND SINGLE SHIPS 156 Blazer and Brevdrageren in the Elbe ibid
165
Snap and five French luggers ibid Sir George Collier off north
179
Capture of Rovigno Ragosniza and Triest ibid Bacchante
191
Peacock and Hornet 192Shannon and Chesapeake 196 Alexandria
225
Expedition to the Penohscot 329 British and Americans on Canadian
335
Capture of schooners Tigress and Scorpion 337 Capture
349
Pilot engages Légère ibid Proceedings at Martinique 355 Light
361
Endymion and President 362 St Lawrence and Chasseur 370
370
Levant and Cyane with Constitution 372Third Chase and escape
395
British and American 745 413 Sir Robert Seppings improvements
418
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