The Fighting Temeraire

❴Download❵ ➼ The Fighting Temeraire Author Sam Willis – The HMS Temeraire one of Britain`s most illustrious fighting ships is known to millions through JMW Turner`s masterpiece The Fighting Temeraire 1839 which portrays the battle scarred veteran of Britai The HMS Temeraire one of Britain`s most illustrious fighting ships is known to millions through JMW Turner`s masterpiece The Fighting Temeraire which portrays the battle scarred veteran of Britain`s wars with Napoleonic France In this evocative new volume Sam Willis tells the extraordinary story of the vessel behind the painting and the making of the painting itselfTurner's Temeraire was the second ship in the Royal Navy to carry the name The first a French warship captured and commandeered by the British in served with distinction during The Fighting PDF/EPUB ² the Seven Years' War before being sold off in The second Temeraire named in honor of her predecessor was a prestigious three decked gun warship that broke through the French and Spanish line directly astern of Nelson`s flagship Victory at Trafalgar in saving the Vice Admiral at a crucial moment in the battle This tale of two ships spans the heyday of the age of sail the climaxes of both the Seven Years War and the Napoleonic Wars Filled with richly evocative detail and narrated with the pace and gusto of a master storyteller The Fighting Temeraire is an enthralling and deeply satisfying work of narrative history.The Fighting Temeraire

Dr Sam Willis is a maritime historian and archaeologist and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society He is the author of the best selling Hearts of Oak Trilogy and the Fighting Ships Series He has consulted on maritime history for many clients including the BBC Channel NBC America and Christie's Sam's work is coloured by his knowledge and experience of seamanship Sam's uniue approach t.

The Fighting Temeraire PDF/EPUB ä The Fighting
  • Hardcover
  • 352 pages
  • The Fighting Temeraire
  • Sam Willis
  • English
  • 06 December 2016
  • 9781605981246

10 thoughts on “The Fighting Temeraire

  1. says:

    I was first exposed to The Fighting Temeraire as a schoolboy in the 60’s via Sir Henry Newbolt’s poem just before the dramatic curriculum revisions of the late 60’s and 70’sNow the sunset’s breezes shiverAnd she’s fading down the riverBut in England’s song for everShe’s the Fighting TemeraireHere is a link to a recording of Newbolt reading his poem is a vast amount of excellent historical fiction on the Royal Navy in the Age of Fighting Sail especially of the sailors of the Napoleonic era There are also some useful histories of naval developments and naval warfare of the period There is a thinner selection of popular history of the period and this books fills a useful role in that It is a history of two ships the second the namesake of the first Together they cover a period from the later stage of the Seven Years War to the pioneering of steam Over this period the two Temeraires participated in famous amphibious operations like the capture of Havana saw blockade duty at Brest served in the Baltic campaign operated on the fringe of the Peninsular War at the seige of Cadiz and served various other roles such as prison hulk and receiving ship At the apogee of that is her role in the Battle of Trafalgar for which she was celebrated As a part of all this Sam Willis describes how a Napoleonic era ship of the line was built and maintained and of how she passed into history as an exemplar of her type immortalized in verse and painted by JMW Turner in his masterpiece

  2. says:

    Slightly pedantic and nationalistic at times but a fascinating historical study

  3. says:

    Wonderful account of the ship that captured two French ships at Trafalgar and was much later the subject of Turner's painting voted the favorite of the English public The painting in turn inspired Newbolt's poem Now the sunset's breezes shiver And she's fading down the river But in England's song for ever She's the Fighting Temeraire

  4. says:

    secondor maybe the third time I have read thisit gets better every time

  5. says:

    In a recent poll J M W Turner's The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up 1838 depicting an aging warship being towed up the Thames to a breaking yard was voted the British public's favourite painting It's easy to see why The Fighting Temeraire is a remarkable work created at the peak of Turner's ability and is a beautiful tribute to the passing of the previous age of tall ships and a time when Britannia for better or worse ruled the waves Many people may not be familiar with the history behind the masterpiece a decades long story of two great warships and several wars and a starring role in Britain's greatest naval victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 This story comprises the heart of the first of Sam Willis' 'Hearts of Oak trilogy' which has the ambitious aim of creating biographies of a ship HMS Temeraire a man The Admiral Benbow The Life And Times Of A Naval Legend and a battle The Glorious First of June More accurately though this book is a biography of two great ships both the great Second rate depicted in Turner's painting and the French built 74 gun ship of the line captured at the spectacular British victory at the Battle of Lagos during the Seven Years War and of the many men who served and died aboard them In this Willis absolutely succeeds devoting each chapter of the book to a specific vignette or aspect of command or life aboard ship in a way which helps to simplify what might otherwise have been a very complex history In doing so he addresses the key points in the histories of the two ships such as the second Temeraire's decisive actions at Trafalgar service in the Baltic mutiny and post war retirement as a prison hulk and victualing depot On doing so he uses the story of the two Temeraires to a tell a greater narrative that of the triumph of the Royal Navy during the late 18thearly 19th centuries and the eventual twilight of the great age of fighting sail The story is a fascinating one well worth the telling and Willis does so in a way that is highly accessible to non technically minded readers entertaining and robust in its scholarship

  6. says:

    Willis is clearly interested in naval history than art history His take on the former is detailed and has an interesting focus on the Seven Years War known in these parts as the French and Indian War where the original French ship of this name was captured by the British As with David Cordingly's The Billy Ruffian The Bellerophon and the Downfall of Napoleon the story of a single ship provides a frame for naval history of the period through both the well known fleet actions and the boredom of blockade He resists telling Trafalgar in detail Instead he explores the degree to which Temeraire's reputation singled out among the British fleet was built by the efforts of her captain who had a gift for self promotion; the uestion is not whether Temeraire fought well but why she received disproportionate praise Willis is on less certain ground with art history He returns repeatedly to the poll that named Turner's painting most popular in England and he talks a bit about the structure of the work but this section is a postscript than a parallel to the earlier naval history I did appreciate his reconstruction of the big ship's final trip up the Thames as a public spectacle As with Jame Austen's Persuasion it is a moment where the terrestrial society caught a glimpse of the maritime on which it depended but mostly from a distance He closes with a discussion of iconic ships and their preservation What is missed here is any discussion of why some ships are saved and others lost He paints a vision of Constitution or Victory up for auction but these ships are protected by the myths they embody In contrast USS Olympia is in active peril the only surviving pre dreadnought But as Dewey's flagship in the Spanish American War she symbolizes an imperial episode that most Americans not only forget but of which they are happy to remain ignorant

  7. says:

    While mostly a biography in a loosely termed way of one of the most famous ships of the Royal Navy an historical subsection that didn't really exist until a few years ago this book is even uniue for the element of art history contained in its final chapters The majority of the book is devoted to the Temeraire's years in service including her most famous day at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 all the way to her final years as a prison hulk a depot ship to finally being broken up in a wrecker's yard when she was deemed surplus to the peacetime Navy's needs In the book's final chapters exploring the painting JMW Turner created in her image and the relationship that the British public have today with that painting Sam Willis also asks the reader to think about what the value of history is and to appreciate and try to protect that history before it goes the way of Temeraire and most of her compatriotsI would also recommend if you like this The Billy Ruffian The Bellerophon and the Downfall of Napoleon

  8. says:

    The HMS Temeraire was a 98 gun ship of the line at Trafalgar and played a crucial part in that battle This ship has a long and illustrious history in the days of fighting sail Thanks to the iconic painting The Fighting Temeraire by JMW Turner we have a nostalgic connection to the story of this great shipThis book is well written it traces the story of the capture of the original Temeraire from the French at Lagos Bay 1759 and its subseuent service Then after the war and scrapping a new 98 gun ship of the line continued the name and service through the Napoleonic wars The detail of life aboard the ship victualling logistics and command I found fascinatingLater when the days of fighting sail were but a memory the Temeraire was finally sold off Being towed to the yard for scrapping was the moment Turner chose to represent in his iconic painting I found it fascinating that the numerous technical errors in the painting were actually intentional Turner was not painting a true image of the event but rather trying to convey an emotion ultimately perhaps in the value of history and how we should treasure itA great narrative recommended reading

  9. says:

    This book is essentially a history of two ships and a painting all three connected by the single word 'Temeraire' which makes for an interesting and somewhat novel angle for a historical enuiry Sam Willis is an engaging writer and the book flows nicely even though the history itself can tend a little toward the military patriotic bombast of the what made 'Great' Britain great kind That said though the book is an excellent examination of cultural perception ie how the ships and the paintings including Turner's first rendering of the Battle of Trafalgar itself were perceived both then and now which the short compendium of poems at the end adds to nicely this reminded me rather of the obssessive notes of a sub sub librarian which precede Melville's 'Moby Dick' a little This absorbing book was a wonderful combined read for someone like me who has a general interest in both nautical and art history however Willis is clearly at home here discussing to a greater depth the nautical element of his history of the 'fighting' Temeraire

  10. says:

    I read a lot of history intended for the lay public as opposed to professional historians You could call this big picture or macro history This book is micro history covering in detail the story of two ships and a painting starting in the year 1759For the general reader this micro history would be deadly boring but for denizens of the gunroom it is fascinating stuffThe first ship was built by the French and captured by the British navy in the Seven Years War in 1759The second ship was built by the British in the 1790's and given the name of the first ship in honor of the original victory The new Temeraire played a key role in the famous battle of Trafalgar in the Napoleonic warThe fame of the Temeraire today however rests on the exsuisite painting by Joseph TurnerClick on the link below to see the painting where it now resides adjoining Trafalgar Suarehttpwwwnationalgalleryorgukpai

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