WARSHIPS OF THE GREAT LAKES, 1754-1834

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WARSHIPS OF THE GREAT LAKES, 1754-1834
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781557509109
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Era: Age of Sail
  • Number of Pages: 192
  • Subject: World Navies
  • Date Available: June 2001
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The age of fighting sail is usually perceived as a battle for the ocean between European powers, but between 1754 and 1834 there was also a massive shipbuilding effort on both sides of the Great Lakes. These great expanses of fresh water saw the construction of warships that ranged from simple rowing gunboats to gigantic three-deckers that could have held their own in Nelson's line of battle. This book presents the history of the freshwater navies developed by the French, British, and Americans as they struggled to control the wilderness frontier. It covers the ships' designs, building logistics, skilled laborers, and armaments to reveal a story of human ingenuity and success against all odds. Some of the frigates were pre-fabricated in Great Britain, dismantled, and laboriously hauled in pieces up the St. Lawrence for reconstruction on Lake Ontario. The richly illustrated volume contains original drafts and contemporary paintings that bring this little-known shipbuilding story to life for age-of-sail enthusiasts.

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Robert Malcomson was a leading Canadian historian of the War of 1812. His many books included A Very Brilliant Affair: The Battle of Queenstown Heights, 1812 (Naval Institute Press, 2003); Historical Dictionary of the War of 1812 (Scarecrow Press, 2005); and Capital in Flames: The American Attack on York, 1813 (Naval Institute Press, 2008). Mr. Malcomson passed away on 21 July 2009.

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