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Old August 23rd, 2017, 06:48 PM   #21

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Old August 24th, 2017, 01:54 AM   #22

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Billy Ruffian By David Cordingly. Biography of a British "74" from building to the end of it's very exciting life. Very well written, difficult to put down.

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Billy Ruffian By David Cordingly. Biography of a British "74" from building to the end of it's very exciting life. Very well written, difficult to put down.

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Very much enjoyed reading about HMS 'Billy Ruffian' -- its actually HMS Bellerophon who is -----"Bellerophon or Bellerophontes is a hero of Greek mythology. He was "the greatest hero and slayer of monsters, alongside Cadmus and Perseus, before the days of Heracles", and so an appropriate name for one of his majesties warships.

No doubt the educated lords at the admiralty and their friends in the coffee houses thought it an apt name but the average 'jack Tar knew little of ancient Greek Mythology but 'Billy Ruffian' sounded fine.
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It almost read like a novel, but better for being true.

And this rather forgotten Admiral.

Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Stuart Admiral by Simon Harris. He was at the battle of Texel as a cabinboy, and worked his way up, with a little help, to become Admiral of the Fleet. When he is mentioned, rarely, it is usually in conjunction with the loss of his flagship, HMS Association off the Sicily Isles. I think it was this disaster that spurred on attempts to devise a means of working out longitude. But he had an exciting career and the book, at 431 pages, is also a good account of the period as regards naval operations.

No decent cover picture online, and I can't be bothered to get my scanner out, but this is from his wiki.

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If you want to know more on the technical side of fighting sail, the rigging, the different types of ships, the tactics, the organisation, Nelson's Navy by Brian Lavery is the single best volume I have in my collection. It's very informative and pleasant to read, and set up in a way you can reference things easily.

I second Triceratops those books are a must have.
Another vote for Lavery's work - fascinating detail
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Just finished reading Dana Two Years Before the Mast. If you want to know the "ropes" and the names of the sails and the yards and everything else on an early 19th century merchant ship, this is for you.
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I've got this book and it really tells you all you need to know on most subjects.

He has also done a small and quite cheap e-book that I bought.
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