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Broke of the Shannon and the war of 1812

Author: Tim Voelcker
Publisher: Barnsley, Great Britain : Seaforth Publishing, 2013.
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Captain Philip Broke's victory in 1813 over Captain Lawrence of USS Chesapeake, did much to restore the morale of the Royal Navy, shattered by three successive defeats in single-ship duels with U.S. frigates, and stunned the American nation which had come to expect success. The near-fatal wound Broke received in hand-to-hand fighting as he boarded the Chesapeake meant that he never served again at sea, but his work  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Naval history
Named Person: Philip Bowes Vere Broke, Sir; James Lawrence; Philip Bowes Vere Broke, Sir; James Lawrence
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Voelcker
ISBN: 9781848321793 1848321791
OCLC Number: 868141668
Description: xxv, 226 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: The War of 1812 : a perspective from the United States / John B. Hattendorf --
Sideshow? British strategy and the War of 1812 / Andrew Lambert --
Canada and the War of 1812 / Chris Madsen --
Prize laws in the War of 1812 / Gabriela A. Frei --
Victories or distractions, honour or glory? / Tim Voelcker --
Broke --
his youth and education / John Blatchly --
In Arctic waters / Michael Barritt --
Letters to his wife 'Loo' / Ellen Gill --
A gunnery zealot : Broke's scientific contribution to naval warfare / Martin Bibbings --
The battle / Martin Bibbings --
Broke's 'miraculous' recovery / Peter Schurr --
Representing nations : caricature and the naval war of 1812 / James Davey --
Halifax and its naval yard / Julian Gwyn --
HMS Shannon's later commissions / Martin Salmon --
Chesapeacke Mill / John Wain --
Ballads and broadsides : the poetic and musical legacy of the Shannon and the Chesapeake / Richard Wilson --
The peace and its outcome / Colin Reid.
Responsibility: edited by Tim Voelcker.
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Captain Philip Broke's victory in 1813 over Captain Lawrence of USS Chesapeake, did much to restore the morale of the Royal Navy, shattered by three successive defeats in single-ship duels with U.S. frigates, and stunned the American nation which had come to expect success. The near-fatal wound Broke received in hand-to-hand fighting as he boarded the Chesapeake meant that he never served again at sea, but his work on naval gunnery, paid for out of his own pocket, transformed Admiralty thinking and led to the establishment of the British naval school of gunnery, HMS Excellent. With 2013 the Bicentenary year of his victory, this work is a reassessment of one of Britain's finest frigate captains. A fictionalized account of the encounter was used by Patrick O'Brian in his novels The Fortune of War and The Surgeon's Mate, with Broke presented as a cousin of Captain Jack Aubrey.

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