The Fighting Temeraire

The Fighting Temeraire

The Battle of Trafalgar and the Ship That Inspired J.M.W. Turner's Most Beloved Painting

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The H.M.S. Temeraire, one of Britain`s most illustrious fighting ships, is known to millions through J.M.W. 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 itself.Turner's Temeraire was the second 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 Trafalgar 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 (1798-1815).Filled 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 history.
Publisher: New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2010
Edition: 1st Pegasus Books cloth edition
ISBN: 9781605981246
1605981249
Branch Call Number: 940.2745 WIL 2010 22
Characteristics: xxviii, 323 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps

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May 14, 2013

History of the Temeraire from the original seized from the French by the English in the Seven Years War till the newly built ship with the namesake in the Battle of Trafalgar and the ship's inevitable decline till it's scrapping. Includes a couple of chapters on the painting by J Turner along with other poems. The history reads as a narrative and is well done. Recommended for anyone who has interest in the subject.

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