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A most fortunate ship : a narrative history of Old Ironsides

Author: Tyrone G Martin
Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. ed., 1st Naval Institute Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Called a definitive account when first published in 1980 and the winner of several book awards, this revised and expanded edition is available now for the first time in paperback. Tyrone G. Martin, the author, was captain of the USS Constitution during the nation's bicentennial celebrations. After decades of research and study, Martin was able to confirm that the innovative diagonal riders which ensured the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tyrone G Martin
ISBN: 1591145139 9781591145134
OCLC Number: 51022876
Description: xi, 421 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: A legend is born --
Shaky shakedown --
Talbot takes the helm --
The ship and life aboard her --
The Barbary War --
The Barbary War, climax and aftermath --
Prelude to glory --
The great chase --
"The Americans were our masters" --
Lightning strikes twice --
Stewart's trials and triumph --
Mediterranean sojourn --
Rebirth and brouhaha --
The Mediterranean, Pacific, and home squadrons --
Around the world --
Mediterranean finale --
African adventure --
Second-rate ship --
The long road back --
The second century completed.
Responsibility: Tyrone G. Martin.

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Called a definitive account when first published in 1980 and the winner of several book awards, this revised and expanded edition is available now for the first time in paperback. Tyrone G. Martin, the author, was captain of the USS Constitution during the nation's bicentennial celebrations. After decades of research and study, Martin was able to confirm that the innovative diagonal riders which ensured the frigate's long life were present at the ship's launching. He also provides details about the famous ship's participation in battles that have long been ignored or glossed over in official reports. Pictorial battle diagrams are included. In telling the story of the Constitution, launched in 1797 and most famous for its exploits in the War of 1812, a vivid picture emerges of life in the U.S. Navy during the nineteenth century--its proud moments as well as its concerns, attitudes, and tensions. Fascinating details are presented on the organization, care, feeding, and disciplining of the crew, and on events that involved such famous names in early American naval history as Edward Preble and Stephen Decatur. Just as previous editions were sought-after as sources of pleasure and information, this new edition will appeal to everyone who enjoys a good sea story and to serious students and sailing ship buffs seeking a reliable reference.

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