In Pursuit of the Essex - Ben Hughes (Hardcover)

Heroism and Hubris on the High Seas in the War of 1812

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A gripping and meticulously researched new account of one of the most famous pursuits in naval history.

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Barcode
9781473823648
Department
Books
Released
30 Dec 2015
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Ben Hughes
Subtitle
Heroism and Hubris on the High Seas in the War of 1812
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Naval Inst Pr
Language
English
Number of Pages
240
Dimensions
234 x 156mm (473g)

Summary

On 26 October 1812, during the war between Britain and the United States, the frigate USS Essex set sail on the most remarkable voyage in the early history of the U.S. Navy. After rounding Cape Horn in South America, she proceeded to systematically destroy the British South Seas whaling fleet. When news reached the Royal Navy?s South American station at Rio de Janeiro, HMS Phoebe was launched in pursuit. So began one of the most extraordinary chases in naval history.

In Pursuit of the Essex follows the adventures of both the hunters and the hunted, taking into account the host of colorful characters that crossed their paths along the way. Traitorous Nantucket whalers, Chilean revolutionaries, British spies, a Peruvian viceroy and bellicose Polynesian islanders all play a role. The brilliant yet vainglorious Captain Porter of the Essex, his nemesis Captain James Hillyar of the Phoebe, and two young midshipmen, David Farragut and Allen Gardiner, serve as principal narrators.

From giant-tortoise turning expeditions on the Galapagos Islands to the perils of rounding Cape Horn?including desperate skirmishes with spear-toting natives on the Marquesas and a defeated duelist bleeding his life out onto black, volcanic sands?the reader is immersed in the fantastical world of the British and American seamen who struggled for supremacy over the world?s oceans in the sunset years of the age of sail.

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General Subject
Military
BISAC Subject 1
History / Military / Naval
BISAC Subject 2
History / Military / United States
BISAC Subject 3
History / Europe / Great Britain
BIC Classification 1
Naval forces & warfare
BIC Classification 2
History of the Americas
BIC Classification 3
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
BIC Classification 4
Military history
Dewey Classification
359

Author Bio

Ben Hughes is a teacher and lecturer. He has spent many years living and travelling in South America and exploring its colonial history, and he a special interest in the Napoleonic era and naval warfare. His previous books include Conquer or Die!, They Shall Not Pass!, The Siege of Fort William Henry and The British Invasion of the River Plate 1806-7.