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HMS Bellerophon (ePub)

Maritime > Naval Military > Pre-WWI > Napoleonic > Nelson & Trafalgar

By Colin Pengelly
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
File Size: 3.7 MB (.epub)
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781473837379
Published: 30th April 2014


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The story of HMS Bellerophon is a record of the many and varied duties which the Royal Navy had to carry out in the period 1793 – 1815. It was involved in the first great fleet action of the War and was involved in the last moments of the struggle with the surrender of Napoleon.

The 74-gun ship was the standard unit in the line of battle, Bellerophon was one of the most distinguished with a fine fighting record. Having fought at 'The Glorious First of June'; the battle of the Nile and at Trafalgar the ship saw more than her share of fierce ship-to-ship encounters. In between there were the varying duties of blockade and escort carried out with service in the Channel, the Mediterranean, the North Sea, the Baltic and the West Indies. The ship saw every type of service which fell to the Navy in that period.

All the many and various aspects of the ship's life are covered from construction through maintenance and refits to final disposal. Sadly the ship could not be been saved like Victory and the ship and her fine record were confined to the history books.

Although this book is now nearly fifty years old, it still stands up as a good history of one of the most famous Napoleonic warships.

History of War

[A]n excellent reference guide for those looking for information on this famous ship and her history in that pivotal era in history. ... I really enjoyed the insight into life onboard a ship during this era and the history of the battle of Trafalgar. If you enjoy a good read and even if you are not a huge fan of this era of sailing ships, HMS Bellerophon is a great book.

TRM Review

This is a book that every enthusiast for the period and the war at sea will want to add to their library, but it is also a fine account of long and dedicated service that must reach a wider readership.


Author Pengelly covers the many and various aspects of the ship's life from construction through maintenance and refits, action against the enemy, to her final disposal.

Julian Stockwin
 Colin Pengelly

About Colin Pengelly

Colin Pengelly specialises in Naval history and Great War Aviation. He is a member of The Navy Records Society. This is his third book. His biography of Albert Ball VC is also published by Pen and Sword Books. He lives at Weston-super-Mare.

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