The Careers of Six Famous Royal Navy officers. The age of sail-particularly as it related to the Royal Navy-has perhaps been justifiably dominated by the great Nelson. His victory at Trafalgar meant that Britannia effectively did rule the waves and the threat of British sea power meant that the Royal Navy did not have to fight a major battle for a hundred years whilst the British Empire prospered. The often quoted and lauded 'Nelson Tradition all but implies he originated it. In fact Nelson was part of an established tradition of great British seamanship that began before him accompanied and supported him and survived his immediate passing. This book outlines the lives of some of the finest and most successful of those men-all famous in their own right and all remarkable despite their eclipse by the master Nelson himself. The sea battles of Hawke Jervis Howe Saumarez Rodney and Pellew are expertly described here by Mahan-one of the finest historians of this subject-making it an essential read for all those interested in the exploits of the Royal Navy during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Note that this book is also available as a hbk contact us for price.
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