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A Frigate of King George: Life and Duty on a British Man-of-War

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What was life really like on a wooden warship? Brian Vale takes a look at life on board the 42-gun frigate HMS Doris, from Bombay in 1807 to Valparaiso in 1829. This intriguing account of life on board concentrates on the ship's service under Sir Thomas Hardy as she protected British interests during the stormy years of South American Independence. Vale vividly examines re
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 18th 2001 by I. B. Tauris
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This is a great, accessible history of a British frigate on the South American station during the South American wars of independence. This isn't just a tally of stores taken and watches kept; there's an emphasis on life on the ship as well as entertainment ashore.

Additionally, I enjoyed reading about Maria Graham (Lord Cochrane's "admirer") from a different perspective; her first husband was the captain of the Doris for a time.

The author includes an appendix of some primary source documents, s
Vale's narrative centers on one deployment or commission of the HMS Doris on the South American Station during a time of great upheaval in Chile, Brazil and Argentina. It is a social, diplomatic history of the time and how the world was changing around this frigate. Vale documents the changing attitude towards flogging and the change of influence in the Navy. It is a nice read however did bog down towards the end. There is no combat in the book but does detail a peacetime frigate after the Napol ...more
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