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The Trafalgar Chronicle (Paperback)

Dedicated to Naval History in the Nelson Era: New Series 6

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Seaforth Publishing
Pages: 232
Illustrations: 20 colour & 100 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526759665
Published: 3rd November 2021


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The Trafalgar Chronicle is the publication of choice for new research about the Georgian Navy, sometimes called ‘Nelson’s Navy’, though its scope includes all the sailing navies of the period from 1714 to 1837.

The theme of the 2021 issue is ‘Georgian Navy encounters with indigenous and enslaved populations’. The theme is particularly relevant to current-day discussions and social activism occurring across the globe, that have brought new insights and perspectives to Western history of colonisation, exploration, and slavery. The lead article, by 1805 Club member Tom D Fremantle, tells the story of his ancestor, Philip Gidley King, who sailed to Botany Bay with the First Fleet in 1787. becoming the first Lieutenant Governor of Norfolk Island. and the third Governor of New South Wales. His encounters with the Maoris are unforgettably touching. Another contribution reveals how the British lured slaves away from their American masters’ plantations with the promise of freedom during the War of 1812.

In the tradition of recent editions, the 2021 Trafalgar Chronicle contains biographical sketches of Nelson’s contemporaries including Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Saunders, naval hero of Quebec; Sir Harry Neale, Baronet GCB, a royal favourite; and Admiral Sir Philip Durham, a Trafalgar Captain turned politician. Meanwhile, Captain Christer Hägg, RSwN Rtd regales readers with the tale of Captain Johan Puke leading the Swedish fleet in a daring breakout from the Russian blockade at Viborg in 1790.

Scholars and students, experts and enthusiasts fascinated by the era of the sailing navy will be absorbed by the latest edition of this handsomely illustrated journal.

"In their forwards, the President and the Editors point out that this edition is a special case and applaud the contributors for their efforts in producing an outstanding collection of submissions without benefit of the typical archives, libraries, and research tools afforded during non-pandemic times. This is appropriate praise, and well-deserved."

The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord - Vol. 32, No. 3 (Fall 2022)

As featured on The Naval Review

Naval Review

I was very impressed with the range of articles and the research undertaken by the authors, as reflected in their extensive reference notes. This review has shown me that the two societies are remarkably similar in their aims, size, international membership, and treatment of naval history. Long may they both flourish.

Cliff Thornton - The Captain Cook Society:

Beautifully illustrated, with a splendid collection of fascinating articles, this edition of the Trafalgar Chronicle is most strongly recommended to historians, researchers, students and all those with a general interest in that momentous, dramatic, unique and colourful period of history.

John Roberts, Scuttlebutt

There is absolutely no mistaking that the authors have researched their subject matter thoroughly and have a love for the period.

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ARRSE (Army Rumour Service)

Each and every one of the 14 contributions holds a worthy place in this issue and will inform and delight in equal measure; it is another triumph for the three American editors and cannot be recommended highly enough.

Peter A. Clayton - The Nelson Dispatch
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