HMS Victory Pocket Manual 1805

Admiral Nelson's Flagship At Trafalgar

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HMS Victory Pocket Manual 1805

Admiral Nelson's Flagship At Trafalgar

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A history of life on board HMS Victory, the world's most famous warship.

This addition to the best-selling Conway pocket-book range explores Admiral Nelson's fully preserved flagship HMS Victory, the most tangible symbol of the Royal Navy's greatest battle off Cape Trafalgar on October 21st 1805.

Peter Goodwin, the leading historian of the sailing man-of-war, explains the workings of the only surviving 'line of battle' ship of the Napoleonic Wars. And, as Victory was engaged in battle for only two per cent of her active service, the book also provides a glimpse into life and work at sea during the other ninety-eight per cent of the time.

Drawing from a selection of contemporary documents and records, Goodwin explains the day-to-day running of a three-decker Georgian warship: victualling, organisation, discipline, domestic arrangements and medical care. He answers questions such as: 'What types of wood were used in building Victory?'; 'What was her longest voyage?'; 'How many shots were fired from her guns at Trafalgar?'; 'How many boats did Victory carry?'; 'What was prize money?'; 'What was grog?'; 'When did her career as a fighting ship end?', and 'How many people visit Victory each year?'

Illustrated with black and white diagrams of the ship and maps, this is a full history of the world's most famous warship in a highly accessible pocket-book format.

Product details

Published 11 Jan 2018
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 160
ISBN 9781472834065
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations More than 50 line artworks and maps
Dimensions Not specified
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Peter Goodwin

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