1st ed., 1988. Xviii + 366 pp., 31 photo-plates + maps & other ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. An account of a forgotten but nevertheless important campaign involving the Royal Navy during the Crimean War in the mid-1850s – the first time in history that a steam battle-fleet had gone into action. The principal target of the British Baltic Fleet was Finland – owners of the largest proportion of Russian-flag vessels. The Royal Navy’s threat to attack St. Petersburg itself tied down 200,000 Russian troops. The attacks on the Finnish coast and on their merchant shipping had far-reaching effects both in Finland and in Russia. The authors describe the naval and military actions and examine the economic and social history of an area still little-known in the English-speaking world. FINE copy.