The Trafalgar Chronicle (Paperback)
Dedicated to Naval History in the Nelson Era: New Series 4
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.
“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.Dr JCL Viggers
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.
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.Firetrench
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The book is beautifully produced with some rare appropriate illustrations, and extensive references. A rather nice touch are the brief biographies of the contributors.Clash of Steel
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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The Trafalgar Chronicle New Series 3 (Paperback)
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. This year's edition points its spotlight on women at sea and reveals many fascinating stories. Women have for various reasons left a light footprint in the sands of history, and historians have unfairly overlooked women and their importance in the tide of events. To redress this oversight, this year the focus of The Trafalgar Chronicle in the long eighteenth century is…By Peter Hore
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