NAVAL YARNS : LETTERS AND ANECDOTES ; COMPRISING ACCOUNTS OF SEA FIGHTS AND WRECKS, ACTIONS WITH PIRATES AND PRIVATEERS, ETC, FROM 1616 TO 1831.

Long, W. H. (Ed.).


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2nd ed., 1904. Xi + 327 pp, guarded frontis by Frank Brangwyn, + 8 other plates. Blue cloth ; gilt ; gilt decorated spine ; t.e.g., others uncut. 19 x 13cm. V.G First published in 1899, this is the final work from the celebrated Portsmouth naval bookseller and author, W. H. Long, bringing together from many "unusual sources" fifty narratives and letters to form a collection of Naval Yarns, many hitherto unpublished. These date from 1616 to 1831 and the following is an example : Action between "THE DOLPHIN" and Five Turkish Men-of-War (1616). Directions for a Naval Action in the XVII Century (1652). Letter from a Seaman, Admiral Vernon's Squadron (1740). Mad Montague (The Hon. Captain William Montague) (1747). Action between the "TERRIBLE" and "VENGEANCE" (1756). Capture of the "FOUDROYANT" 84, (1758). Journal of a Naval Surgeon (1758-1763). Prejudices of a Seaman (1771). Loss of HMS "PHOENIX" (1780). A Portsmouth Slop-Seller's Sign (1790). Narrative of an Officer's Imprisonment in France (1794). Battles of St. Vincent & the Nile (1797-1798). A Run Ashore and its Consequences (1798). Loss of HMS "TRINCOMALEE" (1799). Letter from a Sailor on board the "ROYAL SOVEREIGN" (1805). Jack Ashore (1809). Escape of HMS "TALBOT" and Wreck of HM Frigate "SALDANHA" (1811). Desperate Attempt to cut out Three Privateers (1812). Some Recollections of the Battle of Algiers (1816). A Brush with Greek Pirates (1825). Lieutenant Robb at the Battle of Navarino (1827). Plus, many other obscure accounts and letters of sea fights, conditions at sea, shipwreck and anecdotes from the days of fighting sail.


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