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The Trafalgar Chronicle (ePub)

New Series No. 2

Maritime > Naval Maritime > Seaforth Publishing > Seaforth: Modern Naval Military > Pre-WWI > Napoleonic > Nelson & Trafalgar

By Peter Hore
Seaforth Publishing
File Size: 29.3 MB (.epub)
Pages: 235
Illustrations: 20
ISBN: 9781473899780
Published: 2nd November 2017


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The Trafalgar Chronicle, the yearbook of The 1805 Club, has established itself as a prime source of information and the publication of choice for new research about the Georgian navy, sometimes also loosely called Nelson's navy. Successive editors have widened the scope to include all sailing navies of the period, while a recurring theme is the Trafalgar campaign and the epic battle of 21 October 1805.

Contributors to The Trafalgar Chronicle have included leading experts in their field, whether they are Professor John Hattendorf from the US Naval War College in Newport, RI, Professor Andrew Lambert from Kings College, London, or antiquarians and enthusiasts.

Each volume is themed and this new edition looks in detail at the Royal Marines and the United States Marine Corps. The RM were founded in 1664, but their ‘royal’ title was only granted to them on 29 April 1802. The USMC traces its roots to the Continental Marines of the American Revolutionary War (or American War of Independence), when two battalions were formed by Captain Samuel Nicholas after a resolution of the Second Continental Congress on 10 November 1775. Both corps have similar duties, then and now, and in this volume there are newly researched articles about their common roles in the age of sail. The main piece has been written by Major General Julian Thompson, and there are leading articles by American and British scholars including Dr Charles P Neimeyer, the Director and Chief of Marine Corps History at Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia. There is also a unique autobiography by a marine who took part in the battle of Trafalgar, the War of 1812, the bombardment of Algiers and the First Ashanti War.

Other issues are investigated, including Victory’s true colours in which Andrew Baines, Head of Historic Ships at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, describes the research which went into revealing how Nelson’s flagship looked in 1805.

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

This edition of The Trafalgar Chronicle focuses on the history of the Royal Marines and the US Marine Corps, two famous military organisations that had been formed before the Napoleonic Wars, but that gained a great deal of fame for their exploits during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods.

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History of War

This collection of articles will certainly appeal to those interested in the Royal Marines and the United States Marine Corp, during the latter half of the long eighteenth century. It will also be of great use to those concerned with combined operations (sea and land).

The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord, XVIII, No. 2 (Spring 2018) – reviewed by Thomas Malcomson Toronto, Ontario

★★★★★ As always, the yearbook shines a spotlight on tantalizing new naval research in the 18th and early 19th centuries, and this edition with its focus on the marines makes this a praiseworthy contribution to any library or historian fascinated with the Georgian Navy.

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Pirates and Privateers, Cindy Vallar

This book is a delight to read, dipping into chapters which all serve to demonstrate how the Marines of the period enhanced “the Royal Navy’s capability and successes”. The book covers a wide canvas that is consistently absorbing. Highly recommended.


The Trafalgar Chronicle, the yearbook of The 1805 Club, has established itself as a prime source of information for new research about the Georgian navy. Successive editors have widened the scope to include all sailing navies of the period. Each volume is themed, and this edition looks at the Royal Marines and the U.S. Marine Corps. Sixteen contributions from recognised authorities around the world make this a compelling read.

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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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