Free eBook ¿ ePub The Fighting Temeraire ç 9781605981246 ñ Sam Willis

ePub The Fighting Temeraire

Free eBook ¿ ePub The Fighting Temeraire ç 9781605981246 ñ Sam Willis ´ The HMS Temeraire one of Britain`s most illustrious fighting ships is known to millions through JMW Turner`s masterpiece The Fighting Temeraire 1839 which portrays the battle scarred veteran of Britain`s wars with NapolTrafalgar in 1805 saving the Vice Admiral at a crucial moment in the battle This tale of two ships spans the heyday of the age of sail the climaxes of both the Seven Years War 1756 63 and the Napoleonic Wars 1798 1815Filled with richly evocative detail and narrated with the pace and gusto of a master storyteller The Fighting Temeraire is an enthralling and deeply satisfying work of narrative histor The HMS Temeraire was a 98 gun ship of the line at Trafalgar and played a crucial part in that battle This ship has a long and illustrious history in the days of fighting sail Thanks to the iconic painting The Fighting Temeraire by JMW Turner we have a nostalgic connection to the story of this great shipThis book is well written it traces the story of the capture of the original Temeraire from the French at Lagos Bay 1759 and its subseuent service Then after the war and scrapping a new 98 gun ship of the line continued the name and service through the Napoleonic wars The detail of life aboard the ship victualling logistics and command I found fascinatingLater when the days of fighting sail were but a memory the Temeraire was finally sold off Being towed to the yard for scrapping was the moment Turner chose to represent in his iconic painting I found it fascinating that the numerous technical errors in the painting were actually intentional Turner was not painting a true image of the event but rather trying to convey an emotion ultimately perhaps in the value of history and how we should treasure itA great narrative recommended reading

Sam Willis ¾ The Fighting Temeraire book

The HMS Temeraire one of Britain`s most illustrious fighting ships is known to millions through JMW Turner`s masterpiece The Fighting Temeraire 1839 which portrays the battle scarred veteran of Britain`s wars with Napoleonic France In this evocative new volume Sam Willis tells the extraordinary story of the vessel behind the painting and the making of the painting itselfTurner's Temeraire was the s I was first exposed to The Fighting Temeraire as a schoolboy in the 60’s via Sir Henry Newbolt’s poem just before the dramatic curriculum revisions of the late 60’s and 70’sNow the sunset’s breezes shiverAnd she’s fading down the riverBut in England’s song for everShe’s the Fighting TemeraireHere is a link to a recording of Newbolt reading his poem is a vast amount of excellent historical fiction on the Royal Navy in the Age of Fighting Sail especially of the sailors of the Napoleonic era There are also some useful histories of naval developments and naval warfare of the period There is a thinner selection of popular history of the period and this books fills a useful role in that It is a history of two ships the second the namesake of the first Together they cover a period from the later stage of the Seven Years War to the pioneering of steam Over this period the two Temeraires participated in famous amphibious operations like the capture of Havana saw blockade duty at Brest served in the Baltic campaign operated on the fringe of the Peninsular War at the seige of Cadiz and served various other roles such as prison hulk and receiving ship At the apogee of that is her role in the Battle of Trafalgar for which she was celebrated As a part of all this Sam Willis describes how a Napoleonic era ship of the line was built and maintained and of how she passed into history as an exemplar of her type immortalized in verse and painted by JMW Turner in his masterpiece

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The Fighting TemeraireEcond ship in the Royal Navy to carry the name The first a French warship captured and commandeered by the British in 1759 served with distinction during the Seven Years' War before being sold off in 1784 The second Temeraire named in honor of her predecessor was a prestigious three decked 98 gun warship that broke through the French and Spanish line directly astern of Nelson`s flagship Victory at In a recent poll J M W Turner's The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up 1838 depicting an aging warship being towed up the Thames to a breaking yard was voted the British public's favourite painting It's easy to see why The Fighting Temeraire is a remarkable work created at the peak of Turner's ability and is a beautiful tribute to the passing of the previous age of tall ships and a time when Britannia for better or worse ruled the waves Many people may not be familiar with the history behind the masterpiece a decades long story of two great warships and several wars and a starring role in Britain's greatest naval victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 This story comprises the heart of the first of Sam Willis' 'Hearts of Oak trilogy' which has the ambitious aim of creating biographies of a ship HMS Temeraire a man The Admiral Benbow The Life And Times Of A Naval Legend and a battle The Glorious First of June More accurately though this book is a biography of two great ships both the great Second rate depicted in Turner's painting and the French built 74 gun ship of the line captured at the spectacular British victory at the Battle of Lagos during the Seven Years War and of the many men who served and died aboard them In this Willis absolutely succeeds devoting each chapter of the book to a specific vignette or aspect of command or life aboard ship in a way which helps to simplify what might otherwise have been a very complex history In doing so he addresses the key points in the histories of the two ships such as the second Temeraire's decisive actions at Trafalgar service in the Baltic mutiny and post war retirement as a prison hulk and victualing depot On doing so he uses the story of the two Temeraires to a tell a greater narrative that of the triumph of the Royal Navy during the late 18thearly 19th centuries and the eventual twilight of the great age of fighting sail The story is a fascinating one well worth the telling and Willis does so in a way that is highly accessible to non technically minded readers entertaining and robust in its scholarship