This feast for nautomaniacs chronicles HMS Doris, a British frigate built in Bombay in 1807 and scrapped in Valparaiso, Chile, in 1829. Doris traveled far and wide on many lawful occasions, but Vale focuses on a four-year commission, from 1821 to 1825, on the South American station. All the health lessons of the Napoleonic Wars had been reasonably well learned, and diseases claimed few of the crew; but accidents, desertion, and disgruntlement with the naval service did their work. Doris survived captains who used the lash freely and others who used it sparingly, minor scandals and major blunders in handling money and promotions (two commodities that usually went to men who combined "interest" and serious practical experience), difficulties obtaining supplies, and all the headaches of what would now be called "peacekeeping" in a Latin America in revolt against Spain and actively assisted by many British officers and seamen. A serious, seriously irresistible addition to the literature of the classic era of sailing warfare. Roland Green
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"...an interesting picture of one ship in the post-war navy..."--Paul Webb, Albion
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"...An excellent book, which combines naval authority with literary elegance."--Lawrence Phillips, The Ships Telegraph
". . . It is on the whole easy to read; unlike some books.. . . "--Anne Gwynn, Marie Stuart Society Journal
"A serious, seriously irresistible addition to the literature of the classic era of sailing warfare." -- Booklist
"valuable and very readable book"