British Frigate Vs French Frigate : 1793-1814 Paperback
by Mark Lardas
Illustrated by Peter Dennis
Part of the Duel series
In the Age of Fighting Sail (1650-1820), ambitious officers of the navies of many nations sought command of a frigate.
Speedy, nimble and formidably armed, frigates often operated independently, unlike the larger ships of the line.
Legendary sailors such as Edward Pellew and Charles-Alexandre Leon Durand, Comte de Linoise, found that commanding such a ship offered numerous opportunities for wealth.
In this book, four representative frigate duels are examined: first, a battle fought between two closely matched ships (HMS Nymphe (36) vs La Cleopatre (32); second, a victory won by an inferior British frigate over a superior French frigate (HMS Pallas (32) vs Minerve (40); third, a victory - the only one - by an inferior French frigate over a superior British frigate (HMS Ambuscade (32) vs Baionnaise (24), and fourth, victory of a superior British frigate over an inferior French frigate (HMS Indefatigable (44) of Hornblower fame vs La Virginie (40).
Featuring specially commissioned artwork and offering expert analysis, this study provides a vivid account of the bloody combats fought by the most romantic warship of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic era - the frigate.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 80 pages, 40 b/w; 21 col
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 07/05/2013
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781780961323