HUNTING THE ESSEX

A Journal of the Voyage of HMS Phoebe, 1813-1814
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Binding:Hardback
Published:August 15, 2013

This previously unpublished journal provides an eyewitness account of the epic chase of the USS Essex that was the inspiration for the film Master & Commander. In 1813 the British frigate Phoebe set out on a secret mission to counter the campaign by the frigate USS Essex, which had almost annihilated the lucrative British whaling trade in the south Pacific. After an epic voyage and a nerve-wracking rounding of Cape Horn, Phoebe tracked her prey to neutral Valparaiso where the American frigate was blockaded. A cat-and-mouse game that lasted months ended with an attempted break-out and a bloody battle in which Essex was captured.

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  • Subject: Naval History
  • Hardback : 128 pages
  • Illustrations: 11
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (August 15, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1848321740
  • ISBN-13: 9781848321748
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 X 7 in
  • Shipping Weight: 8.11 oz

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John S. Reiske is a retired American academic who discovered the manuscript of this journal by a Royal Navy Midshipman who served in the Phoebe.

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