This is history, vibrant and on a grand scale and rich in the details of seafaring life with a focus on an American and a British naval officer whose separate paths converge in 1813 during a fierce battle between the Argus and the Pelican.
About the Author
Captain Dye was graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1940, and obtained his Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh. During World War II he served on board five different submarines, and was Commanding Officer of USS Sea Fox (SS-402) during the Korean War. He completed a postgraduate course in Petroleum Engineering, and has written a number of articles on that subject for various publications. His current duty assignment is on the Joint Staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
"By its title, this book is to some extent sailing under false colors. Although its climax is the commerce-raiding cruise and eventual capture of the U.S. brig╩Argus╩during the War of 1812, its total coverage is vastly greater. It is essentially a biography of two captainsùthe American William Henry Allen and his British opponent, John Fordyce Maplesùand their two ships, crews, and problems both professional and personal. In fact, it is a microcosmic portraitùthoroughly researched and very well written by retired naval officer and active yachtsman Dyeùof the golden age of naval warfare under sail. Lovers of Napoleonic naval fiction, from the novels of Captain Marryat up to those of the currently popular Patrick O'Brian, will find a feast in the book, and it makes a worthwhile addition to serious naval history collections, too." — Booklist
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