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Fighting at Sea in the Eighteenth Century : The Art of Sailing Warfare - Sam Willis

Fighting at Sea in the Eighteenth Century

The Art of Sailing Warfare

Hardcover Published: 17th April 2008
ISBN: 9781843833673
Number Of Pages: 272

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Our understanding of warfare at sea in the eighteenth century has always been divorced from the practical realities of fighting at sea under sail; our knowledge of tactics is largely based upon the ideas of contemporary theorists [rather than practitioners] who knew little of the realities of sailing warfare, and our knowledge of command is similarly flawed. In this book the author presents new evidence from contemporary sources that overturns many old assumptions and introduces a host of new ideas. In a series of thematic chapters, following the rough chronology of a sea fight from initial contact to damage repair, the author offers a dramatic interpretation of fighting at sea in the eighteenth century, and explains in greater depth than ever before how and why sea battles (including Trafalgar) were won and lost in the great Age of Sail. He explains in detail how two ships or fleets identified each other to be enemies; how and why they manoeuvred for battle; how a commander communicated his ideas, and how and why his subordinates acted in the way that they did.

SAM WILLIS has lectured at Bristol University and at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. He is also the author of Fighting Ships, 1750-1850(Quercus).

Industry Reviews

An illuminating read. SKIRMISH, October 2008

List of Illustrationsp. vi
Prefacep. viii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Mapsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Contactp. 7
Chase and Escape I: Speed and Performancep. 27
Chase and Escape II: The Tactics of Chasingp. 36
Station Keepingp. 53
Communicationp. 68
Unwritten Rulesp. 83
Commandp. 98
The Weather Gagep. 113
Fleet Tacticsp. 129
Fighting Tacticsp. 139
Damagep. 152
Conclusionp. 170
Notesp. 172
Fleet Battlesp. 201
Glossary of Nautical Termsp. 217
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 242
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ISBN: 9781843833673
ISBN-10: 1843833670
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 17th April 2008
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57