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The Bomb Vessel (Nathaniel Drinkwater #4)

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In The Bomb Vessel, a young Captain Nathaniel Drinkwater is given command of the old VIRAGO, to be sent to the Baltic as a cargo ship. Drinkwater's ambition is to turn VIRAGO back into a fighting ship, but he is thwarted by Lord Nelson. At the same time, Drinkwater's brother appeals for help in his desperate attempt to escape the gallows. As Sir Hyde Parker's fleet approac ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Sheridan House
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Nov 01, 2008 Johnny rated it liked it
There is nothing particularly special about this book as opposed to the rest of the series. Drinkwater still struggles with his lack of influence and continues to be haunted by his past. His mysterious patron, Lord Dungarth, does not appear capable of doing much by him and even his hard-won honors for heroic efforts seem to get lost in bureaucratic tangles such as one would not expect in a service so particular about cables and rigging.

The most distinctive aspects of this particular book deal wi
Feb 24, 2016 RhC rated it liked it
Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good … capitalizing on the former, Nathaniel finally gets recognition for being the latter.

This entry seems to mark the turning point in Drinkwater's career. Overcoming a few tense stumbles while risking his career on family, Nat shines under the eyes of influential peerage by taking the initiative when the opportunities present during the engagement with the Danes.

We can surely expect a bump in grade as well as a better assignment in the next installment.

A good read - great description of the Battle of Copenhagen.
Jan 16, 2015 Sonny rated it really liked it
Highly recommended if you like naval historical fiction!
David Eppenstein
Another excellent addition to the Drinkwater series.
Sep 02, 2016 William rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Naval History Novels
Shelves: naval-fiction
A lot of detail on British Navy around 1800.
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Richard Woodman was born in London in 1944. He became an indentured midshipman in cargo liners at 16 and has sailed in a variety of ships, serving from apprentice to captain. He remains a professional sailor and in 1978 won the Marine Society's Harmer Award.
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