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LANDSMAN HAY

Landsman Hay

by Robert Hay

In 1803, at the age of fourteen, Robert Hay joined the Royal Navy and spent the next eight years at sea. His colorful memoir describes a sailor s...

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Man of War Life

by Charles Nordhoff

In 1844, when barely 14, Charles Nordhoff managed to talk his way into the U.S. Navy. He was better educated than most of his fellow seamen, and was...

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MEMOIRES OF THE ROYAL NAVY, 1690

Memoires of the Royal Navy, 1690

by Samuel Pepys

Originally published by Pepys in June 1690, this is a defense of his administration of the Royal Navy and a criticism of his opponents. While Pepys...

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NAVAL OCCURRENCES OF THE WAR OF 1812

Naval Occurrences of the War of 1812

by William James

English lawyer and historian William James wrote this book in 1817 to counter what he considered the bombastic, patriotic, and false version of the...

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NELSON'S BATTLES

Nelson's Battles

by Nicholas Tracy

From his first dramatic initiatives at the Battle of St. Vincent in 1797 to his last battle at Trafalgar in 1805, Horatio Nelson was a force to be...

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NELSON'S NAVY, REVISED AND UPDATED

by BRIAN LAVERY

With a foreword by Patrick O’Brian, Nelson's Navy is the definitive reference work on the British Navy in the Napoleonic era for...

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Nelson's Refuge

by Jason R. Musteen

Gibraltar has been one of Great Britain’s most legendary fortresses since its capture from Spain in 1704 and its strategic location as the gatekeeper...

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Nelson's Victory

by Brian Lavery

May 2015 is the 250th anniversary of the launch of HMS Victory. While many books have been written about Nelson’s flagship at Trafalgar, none tell...

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Nelson, Navy & Nation

by Quintin Colville

Navy, Nation and Nelson explores the Royal Navy’s relationship with Britain from the Glorious Revolution to the Napoleonic Wars, encompassing three...

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Nothing Too Daring

by David F. Long

Commodore David Dixon Porter made history when he took the USS Essex into the Pacific and crippled the British whaling industry during the War of...

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Passage to the World

by Kevin Brown

From the early nineteenth century onwards, millions of people left their homes to cross the seas. Some, like the convicts transported from England to...

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Philip Nolan

by Chuck Pfarrer

Philip Nolan: The Man Without a Country is Chuck Pfarrer’s captivating adaptation of Edward Everett Hale’s American classic “The...

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Pirate Nation

by David Childs

For all the romantic mythology surrounding the court of Queen Elizabeth I, the financial underpinning of the reign of ‘Gloriana’ was decidedly sordid...

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Rolling Home

by William Morris Barnes

Barnes was born in 1850 into a ship owning family in St. Johns, Newfoundland, and first went to sea while still a boy. At the outbreak of the First...

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ROYAL TARS

Royal Tars

by Brian Lavery

Brian Lavery, the pre-eminent historian of the Royal Navy, turns his astute and wide-ranging analytical eye on to its 'lower deck' - the world of the...

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