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The Trafalgar Chronicle (Paperback)

Dedicated to Naval History in the Nelson Era: New Series 4

Seaforth Nelson & Trafalgar Naval Photographic Books Colour Books

By Peter Hore
Seaforth Publishing
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 70
ISBN: 9781526759504
Published: 6th November 2019

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The Trafalgar Chronicle is a prime source of information as well as the publication of choice for new research about the Georgian navy, sometimes also loosely referred to as ‘Nelson’s Navy’, though its scope reaches out to include all the sailing navies of the period. A central theme is the Trafalgar campaign and the epic battle of 21 October 1805 involving British, French and Spanish ships, and some 30,000 men of a score of nations.

The next edition, new series No 4, will be themed on the people who knew Nelson, his friends and his contemporaries, as well as technical and scientific changes which were taking place at the turn of the eighteenth century.

Contributions include an article by former US Navy Secretary John Lehman on Stephen Decatur, and the observations of American scientist, Professor Benjamin Silliman, who visited Britain in 1805. Other characters who appear are the New York-born Westphal brothers, ‘Jack Punch’ Perkins who was the first black officer in the Royal Navy, and the two Loyalist Richard Bulkeleys, father and son, who served with Nelson at the beginning and at the end of his career. Two articles on technology in the Georgian navy address the surprising developments of the carronade and ballooning in the age of Nelson.

Like earlier editions of The Trafalgar Chronicle, this edition is sumptuously illustrated with some seldom-seen pictures and will appeal to naval and social historians whether they are academics, antiquarians or amateurs or the reader who is curious to learn about significant but often overlooked aspects of naval history.

'Remarkable research into the seafaring of Nelson’s time’

Nautilus Telegraph, May 2020

This latest offering of The Trafalgar Chronicles educates, clarifies, and demystifies the Nelson Era. Its focus is broader than some previous issues, but this serves to immerse readers in a wider swath of topics that might otherwise be missed. The fourth volume in the new series is a compelling review of the variety and depth of research being conducted and readers will meet people and visit places that are more often than not forgotten in history books.

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Pirates and Privateers

“Dedicated to Naval History in the Nelson Era”, the fourth volume in this series contains 21 essays, richly illustrated, and clearly reflecting the fact that the authors are enthusiastic, knowledgeable and articulate about their subjects.

This is a book to be read from cover to cover. It has classy feel, the illustrations and maps are excellent, the topics interesting and eclectic within the period.

The essay by Anthony Bruce is the best description of the history of carronades which I have read. Particularly the descriptions of naval actions where carronades made a significant contribution.

I eagerly look forward to further volumes in this series.

Dr JCL Viggers

This is a valuable new source of research for the historian, enthusiast and all wishing to extend their knowledge of the subject. The chronicle provides information on the ships and important individuals centred on Trafalgar but covering a wider period and with contributions from a wide range of sources including the former US Navy Secretary John Lehman. – Very Highly Recommended.

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Firetrench

The book is beautifully produced with some rare appropriate illustrations, and extensive references. A rather nice touch are the brief biographies of the contributors.
Every article is well written, extensively researched, informative and a joy to read. We highly recommend it to both expert and layman alike.

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Clash of Steel

About Peter Hore

Captain Peter Hore, RN, now retired, is a former Head of Defence Studies for the Royal Navy. He is the author of numerous books, and is currently Associate Editor of Warships: International Fleet Review. He is also a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a fellow of the Society for Nautical Research. He recently wrote Henry Harwood: Hero of the River Plate.

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