Powell, Commander J. W. Damer.


J. W. Arrowsmith Ltd., Quay Street, Bristol, 1st.ed., 1930. Xx + 412 pp., frontis + 58 photo-plates, portraits & prints; map e.p's. Red cloth ; gilt ; gilt device to front cover ; lower edges uncut. 26 x 19cm. Small nick head of spine o/w V.G. Signed & inscribed by Dr. Nicholas Rodger : "Nicholas Rodger. Grafton Road, Acton, St. Boniface's Day, 1985." Commander Powell provides a detailed and very accurate history of the King's Ships built at Bristol and the privateers belonging to that port. The book is beautifully produced and is divided into three parts. (I) King's Ships containing two chapters covering all the vessels built at Bristol for the Royal Navy, plus Bristol ships hired by the Navy between 1315 and 1919. (II) Private Ships of War has thirteen chapters and covers the subject from the early privateers of the 16th century to the Napoleonic Wars of 1793-1815 and the War of 1812. Whole chapters are devoted to Martin Pring, Woodes Rogers, Edward Cooke and Thomas Dover. There is also an account of the war with France and Spain 1625-1630 ; War of the Spanish Succession 1702-1713 ; War of the Quadruple Alliance 1718-1720 ; War of the Austrian Succession 1739-1748 ; the Seven Years' War 1756-1763 ; and the American Revolutionary War 1775-1783. Bristol privateers played a role in all these conflicts. (III) Merchantmen covers various ships throughout the period under review, especially the Seven Year's War, American Revolutionary War, Napoleonic Wars, War of 1812, and the First World War. In addition, there are 16 comprehensive Appendices that include a list of ships built at Bristol, Bounty Ships 1488-1599, List of Prizes taken by DUKE and DUCHESS 1708-1709, and Selkirk and Defoe in Bristol. The book is illustrated with 58 photographs, portraits, prints of ships, etc. A number of the prints and drawings are after the celebrated marine artist Nicolas Pocock who was born in Bristol in 1741 and went to sea at an early age. He died at Maidenhead in 1821 and is buried three miles away in Cookham Church. He was one of the finest marine artists of the 18th century and his own seafaring experience ensured detailed & highly accurate portraits of ships.

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