Clarissa Oakes by Patrick O'Brian
The Surprise sails east away from Australia and the fledgling colony of Sydney Cove bound for Easter Island via Norfolk Island in
Clarissa Oakes by Patrick O'brian.
The Surprise has twenty-eight nine-pounder guns and is less than 600 tons. She is a fast, very responsive ship that Jack Aubrey knew could outsail any other square-rigged ship in the British Navy. But off Norfolk Island Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin receive orders to go to Moahu in Hawaii. The Surprise alters course to north-north-east with spritsail and spritsail topsail. They could not put into Fiji for pigs and contrary winds made them bear away for Tonga. They sail into Annamooka one of the Friendly Isles that was explored by Captain Cook. After that they sail into Pabay, the Norteastern Port of Maui.
When they leave Pabay they take the ship along the landward side of the reef and out via the dog-leg passage. They pass two islands with their surrounding reefs. They eventually make Eeahu Point on the starboard beam and the pilot guides the ship through the passage in the southeastern reef. At the end of the book they are heading east towards
The Wine-Dark Sea .
The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain, 1649-1815 -
an excellent book that details why the Royal Navy triumphed over the French in the 18th and 19th centuries. According to the author the reasons for British naval superiority were better maintanence, superior ship design, more effective officer training, and improved health measures. The British were able to keep their ships afloat because they invested a great deal of money in buiding docks that were able to fix ships of the line as opposed to the French, who sacrificed dock building in favor of making new ships.
A Naval History of Great Britain: During the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars Vol. 4: 1805-1807 -
by William M. James. This British Naval History is one of the most valuable books on the operation of the Royal Navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. James corresponded widely with the survivors of the events he describes. By carefully evaluating and balancing conflicting reports and testimonies, he achieved a great degree of accuracy.
Fortune Of War
Far Side of World
Reverse of Medal
Letter of Marque
13 Gun Salute
Nutmeg of Consolation