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This review is from: The Fighting Temeraire: Legend of Trafalgar (Hearts of Oak Trilogy Vol.1) (Paperback)
Having read Willis's "The Admiral Benbow" previously & having enjoyed a replica of Turner's painting in my appartment for some time now, my expectations when buying "the Fighting Temeraire" were really high. And indeed it is a good book. The story actually starts during the 7 years' war, when the British capture a French ship (a 2-decker) called Temeraire. The better-known 3-deck Temeraire of Trafalgar fame was built much later in Britain itself. The book follows the various campaigns this ship participated in (including a mutiny when the ship was sent to the Caribbean when the peace treaty of Amiens was already signed) & also discusses the typical 'second life' of wooden fighting ships of this era as floating hulks used to house French prisoners of war. The book then culminates in an eulogy of Turner's famous painting.
Overall, I think this is an excellent book. In my humble opinion, Admiral Benbow was slightly better but probably that judgement is coloured by the fact that I knew much less of Benbow's times than of Nelson's & hence learned more from the Benbow book. A nice 'extra' is the esthetically pleasing cover. Good buy.