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The Fighting Temeraire : The Battle of…

The Fighting Temeraire : The Battle of Trafalgar and the Ship That…

by Sam Willis

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An interesting but ordinary read about one of Nelson's ships of the line. The story really started to drag after the Battle of Trafalgar, and the final chapter about the symbolism of Turner's painting was really dry. It seemed as if the author was just trying to bring the book to an end. ( )
  oparaxenos | Nov 27, 2015 |
A good history inspired by Turner's 1839 painting of the H.M.S. Temeraire being towed to the break up yard by a steam tug. The history covers the years from 1759 (The Seven Year's War) till 1815 (The Battle of Trafalgar). Reads like a novel in many places, because Wiliis doesn't let history get in the way of a good story. ( )
  usnmm2 | Apr 14, 2012 |
A good non-fiction book can make you feel as if you're reading a narrative with added history, this book does that incredibly well. Willis charts the history of the two ships to carry the Temeraire and how they inspired the British nation and fit into the naval history of the 1700 and 1800s. Each chapter is headed the something Temeraire and takes the reader into different eras of history to explain the power of these great ships. I recommend this book to anyone interested in naval history or art history. ( )
  katekf | Jan 3, 2012 |
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"Presents the story of the Temeraire and gives a detailed picture of life in the sailing navy"--Dust jacket.

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