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5.0 out of 5 stars Partial history of sailing frigates, 30 Dec 2010
This review is from: Frigates of the Napoleonic Wars (Paperback)
I support halfbat's review of this book it is truely excellent. I have owned it for several years and after initially reading it from cover to cover it has been an excellent reference book ever since.
The reason for my title is that it should be seen as part of a series currently three in number. The two previous ones cover the history of the 18th century frigate from its inception to this volume. The other two are in the same style and are equally as good. Sadly there appears to be no incentive to produce a fourth volume from 1815 until the end of the sailing frigate era perhaps Mr Gardiner could be persuaded to complete the work.
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Initial post: 13 Jan 2011 08:45:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jan 2011 08:45:53 GMT
Bogie says:
Does the book(s) include specifications and operational history on individual ships as well?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2011 16:21:03 GMT
L. A. Camy says:
Specifications are on classes of frigate not individuals and not on every class. The same can be said for the histories although there they areon individual ships but not all of them.If Ilist the chapter headings this may help. The volume is divided into 2 parts. Part one 6 chapters 1801-1804, 1805-1806, 1806-1812, 1812-1815 emergency years. super frigates, 1812-1816 preparing for peace. Ineach chapter there are all the classes built in that period with drawings of their lines there are also details of armament and dimensions. The supporting text gives information on history reason for the decision making etc.

Part two gives a more general account chapters are Construction, Design, Wartime modificcation, Armament, Performanceand Frigates in action the later deals with the usage of frigates in general.

I hope this helps you what the book is not is in the Rif Winfield style of a short description of every vessel.
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