American Light and Medium Frigates 1794–1836

American Light and Medium Frigates 1794–1836 cover

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The 'Original Six' frigates were commissioned by the new-born US Navy at a staggering cost of nearly $700,000. Designed to be light and fast, these warships enabled America to project its power across the globe. Among the ships Mark Lardas examines is USS Constellation: the first ship to be commissioned by the United States Navy. Alongside stirring accounts of engagements during the Barbary Wars, the author explores the design and development of these frigates, explaining the shortcomings that led to their replacement by larger, heavier 44-gun models by 1800. Packed with contemporary illustrations of US frigates and their British and French rivals, this book follows the escalation of the naval 'arms race' during the 18th century.

Product details

Published Jan 20 2012
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781846037641
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 35 b/w; 13 col
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 147
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mark Lardas

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Tony Bryan

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Giuseppe Rava

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