This is the story of the Bellerophon, a ship of the line known to her crew as the Billy Ruffian. And like any good biography it runs from birth (in a small shipyard on the river Medway near Rochester in 1782), to death (in a breaker's yard a mile or so upstream at the age of fifty-four). In the intervening years, under fourteen captains, she played a conspicuous part in three of the most famous of all sea battles: the battle of the Glorious First of June (1794), the opening action against Revolutionary France; the battle of the Nile (1798), which halted Napoleon's eastern expansion from Cairo; and the battle of Trafalgar (1805), which established British naval supremacy for 100 years and during which her captain was shot dead with a musket ball an hour before Nelson was mortally wounded. But her crowning glory came six weeks after the Battle of Waterloo, when the Napoleon, trapped in Rochefort, surrendered to the captain of the ship that had dogged his steps for more than twenty years.
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David Cordingly was Keeper of Pictures and Head of Exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum for twelve years, where he organised such exhibitions as 'Captain James Cook, Navigator', 'The Mutiny on the Bounty' and ' Pirates: Fact and Fiction'. His other books include Life among the Pirates and Heroines and Harlots.Review:
"A masterly account that says as much, if not more, about the historical context as about the subject itself." (Sunday Times )
"Thrilling.so alive you can smell the cordite of the guns and hear the splintering of mighty masts and spars." (Independent )
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Buchbeschreibung Bloomsbury, 2003. 5th impression. Imitation cloth, dj, F/F. xxii+359pp, decorated endpapers, 16pp colour & 8pp b/w plates, 6 b/w maps, 31 b/w illustrations, a fine copy in a fine dustjacket. An account of the maritime career of the 74 gun HMS Bellerophon which was laid down in a shipyard on the Medway in 1782 & ended her days as a prison hulk at Sheerness. One of the fastest ships in the Royal Navy, she saw action at the Battle of the Glorious First of June in 1794, the Battle of the Nile in 1798 & Trafalgar in 1805. 800 grams. Artikel-Nr. 42965
Buchbeschreibung Bloomsbury Publishing, 01.09.2003., 2003. Buchzustand: Sehr gut. Auflage: 1. 384 Seiten kleine Lagerspuren am Buch, Inhalt einwandfrei und ungelesen 129502 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 810 23,4 x 16,0 x 4,0 cm, Gebundene Ausgabe. Artikel-Nr. 149682