Old Ironsides: Eagle of the Sea: The Story of the USS Constitution (Google eBook)

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Taylor Trade Publications, Jan 15, 2009 - History - 304 pages
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This is the story of the oldest warship afloat in the world, the venerable frigate USS Constitution, the cornerstone of the nascent American navy created by act of Congress in 1794. Colonel David Fitz-Enz re-creates the world of sail, when seven knots an hour was considered blinding speed for a warship. In Old Ironsides, Fitz-Enz tells the story of the ship, from its construction to the ongoing restoration efforts that keep it active today.
  

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE Days of Sail
1
CHAPTER TWO Early Days of the United States Navy
21
CHAPTER THREE The Elements of Sea Power
47
CHAPTER FOUR Caribbean Capers and the Barbary Pirates
69
CHAPTER FIVE Intolerable Grievances Lead toWar in 1812
95
CHAPTER SIX The War of 1812 Begins
119
CHAPTER SEVEN Englands Worst Nightmare
145
USS Constitution versusHMS Trincomalee
167
United States Navy
231
Great Britains Royal Navy
237
Sayings and Sea Lore
241
Notes
243
Glossary
253
Selected Bibliography
263
Index
267
About the Author
281

CHAPTER NINE The Last Act of the War of 1812
191
CHAPTER TEN Americas Treasure
211

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About the author (2009)

Colonel David Fitz-Enz, USA ret. served as a regular army officer for thirty years. He served two tours in Vietnam, one as a combat photographer and another as a signal officer. He is the author of Old Ironsides: Eagle of the Sea, Redcoats Revenge, and Why a Soldier? He lives in Onchiota, New York.

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