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Sailors Tales : Reminiscences of a Naval Officer - CRAWFORD CAPTAIN A

Sailors Tales

Reminiscences of a Naval Officer

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This account of the day-to-day life and career of a naval officer during the Napoleonic Wars is a wonderful testament to the resourcefulness of the sailor, both in the face of battle and in his domestic rounds.
During the 1790s Crawford was involved in almost constant combat with the French invasion flotilla at Boulogne, and was present at the several attempts to attack the enemy ships in port with special weapons such as Congreve rockets and Fulton's 'torpedoes'. Ingenuity also came to the fore in port when he transformed the quarterdeck of a frigate into a dancefloor for a ball on board. After participating in Admiral Duckworth's passage of the Dardanelles in 1809, he went on to serve in the Mediterranean, and was with the fleet supporting the Anglo-Allied army which landed in eastern Spain, taking part in the siege of Tarragona in 1811.
His intimate descriptions of shipboard life and the small-scale actions that were the common experience of the Royal Navy in the Napoleonic Wars make these memoirs compulsive reading.

Introduction
Joining the Navyp. 1
Under Captain Owenp. 17
The Inshore Squadronp. 44
Attack on the Boulogne Flotillap. 63
Gale off the Elbep. 75
A Visit Homep. 91
The Royal Georgep. 104
In the Mediterraneanp. 118
The Dardanellesp. 130
To Cadizp. 141
At Port Mahonp. 151
In the Gulf of Genoap. 163
Blockading Toulonp. 174
The French Convoyp. 185
Captain Hallowell and the Tigrep. 197
Return to Englandp. 211
The Maltap. 223
Off Alicantep. 235
The Siege of Tarragonap. 248
The Catalonian Campaignp. 264
Napoleon in Exilep. 278
Home and Promotionp. 290
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781861761095
ISBN-10: 1861761090
Series: Sailors' Tales S.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 354
Published: 20th April 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.2 x 13.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.46