A Most Fortunate Ship

A Narrative History of Old Ironsides, Revised Edition
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Published:March 4, 2003
By Tyrone G. Martin (Author)

Called a definitive account when first published in 1980 and the winner of several book awards, this revised and expanded edition is available now for the first time in paperback. Tyrone G. Martin, the author, was captain of the USS Constitution during the nation's bicentennial celebrations. After decades of research and study, Martin was able to confirm that the innovative diagonal riders which ensured the frigate's long life were present at the ship's launching. He also provides details about the famous ship's participation in battles that have long been ignored or glossed over in official reports. Pictorial battle diagrams are included.

The book not only tells Constitution's complete story, but also presents a picture of life in the U.S. Navy during the nineteenth century—its proud moments as well as its concerns, attitudes, and tensions. Fascinating details are presented on the organization, care, feeding, and disciplining of the crew, and on events that involved such famous names in early American naval history as Edward Preble and Stephen Decatur. Just as previous editions were sought-after as sources of pleasure and information, this new edition will appeal to everyone who enjoys a good sea story and to serious students and sailing ship buffs seeking a reliable reference.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Age of Sail
  • Paperback : 440 pages
  • Illustrations: 47 b/w photos; 12 line drawings; 5 maps
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (March 4, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 1591145139
  • ISBN-13: 9781591145134
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 27.2 oz

Tyrone G. Martin, Commander, USN (Ret.), was the first Constitution skipper since 1815 to be decorated for his command tour. He is the author of Undefeated and Creating a Legend, and he has written numerous articles for such magazines as the U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings and Naval History, and for American Neptune.

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A Most Fortunate Ship-USS Constitution
Thursday, January 14, 2010
By: Joseph Troyer
An excellent book written by a former Captain of this great ship. I couldn't put it down. The only drawback is that it doesnt have 880 pages!


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