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This collection of nautical books has been specially selected as some of the finest reading about nautical matters and stories of the sea. Theses maritime tales cover stories about Nelson and Napoleon to the hazzards of the Thames.

Stopping Napoleon.
Napoleon was defeated by Nelson at Trafalgar, but this was not to be the end of Britains hostilities with the French Emperor.The suspicion was that he would turn eastwards again and try to take over the vast, crumbling Ottoman Empire, and then attempt to wrest India from England.

The Terror before Trafalgar
Nelson's victory at Trafalgar on 21 October 1805 was a pivotal event in European history. But Trafalgar was not simply an isolated battle fought and won in an afternoon - the naval campaign had in fact begun more than four years before. This extraordinary period, following Napoleon's threat to invade England in 1801, came to be known as The Great Terror, and Britain was on the alert. As the Grande Army faced a Dad's army of English volunteers across the Channel, a secret war of espionage and subversion was fought in the shadows. .
Softback edition 8.99
Softback edition 8.99.
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London Thames
is a cornucopia of wonderful and often unexpected information on the River Thames in London; its tides and trades, dockers and lightermen, bridges and ferries, frost fairs and regattas, wildlife,floods and other hazzzards.

Trafalgar, the men, the battle, the storm , minutely researched, and drawing as much on French and Spanish material as on British. It is also an exciting, and often very moving,narrative history. It is above all the story of the ordinary folk of Trafalgar.
Hardback edition 14.99
Hardback edition 20.00.
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To Rule the Waves
An epic history of the Royal Navy, from the Spanish Armada to the present, that tells the story of how it dominated the world and laid the foundation for the modern age. .

The Real Cruel Sea
For the British the battle of the Atlantic was a fight for survival. They depended on the safe transit of hundreds of convoys of merchant ships laden with food, raw material and munitions from America to feed the country and to keep the war effort going.
Hardback edition 20.00
Softback edition 12.99.
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Lost Voices of the Royal Navy
The book is based entirely on first-hand accounts of naval action between 1914 and 1945, with vivid recollections from Gallipoli to the Far East, by way of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

Maritime Power
This is a finely written and compelling narrative of wars, campaigns and battles, interspersed with politics and finance.Above all Padfield has provided us with a grand context in which to place these glorious campaigns.
Softback edition 8.99
Softback edition 9.99.
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A Passage to Torres Strait
When in his early twenties Miles Hordern first crossed the oceans from Northern to Southern Hemisphere, one final leg of his round the world journey eluded him for twelve more years: the stretch between New Zealand and the Indian Ocean, guarded by the Torres Strait. Once thought to be mythical, so difficult was it to find and pass, the first authenticated passage took place in 1606; in 1770 it was charted by Captain Cook. But in that age of sail, most sailors who attempted a passage through it still either drowned on the treacherous reefs or starved in open boats. Yet Miles Hordern was unable to resist its siren call.
Nelson and Napoleon
Trafalgar was a victory that would change the course of the Napoleonic wars and that would lead to the British Navy ruling the waves for more than a century. In Christopher Lee's new book he looks not only at this final and decisive battle but also at the thre battles that led up to it: Cape St Vincent (1797), the Battle of the Nile (1798) and Copenhagen (1801). Through these battles he paints a picture of the personalities and the intrigues that were operating at this time, and particularly of the creation of a national hero in Horatio Nelson and his intense rivalry with Napoleon :Not available till September 2005.
Hardback edition 20.00
Hardback edition 20.00.
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The Silent Landscape
Sailing for three and half years and almost 69,000 nautical miles, scientists and crew alike braved the stifling heat of the tropics for months on end only to suffer the stupefying cold of the Antarctic, enduring danger on the high seas, risking all in the pursuit of knowledge. The undertaking was nothing short of a roaring success. Challenger dredged up thousands of samples from the sea floor while mapping enormous areas of undersea terrain. Most startling of all was the revelation that the ocean was not a barren graveyard, but a gloriously complex ecosystem teeming with life.
This thing of Darkness
This is an epic novel of sea-faring adventure set in the 19th century charting the life of Robert Fitzroy, the captain if the Beagle and his passenger Charles Darwin. It combines adventrure, emotion, ideas, humour and tragedy as well as illuminating the history of the 19th century. Fitzroy, the Christian Tory aristocrat, believed in the sanctity of the individual, but his beliefs destroyed his career. Darwin, the liberal minor cleric, doubts the truth of the Bible and develops his theory of evolution which is brutal and unforgiving in human terms. The two friends became bitter enemies as Darwin destroyed everything Fitzroy stood for..
Softback edition 7.99
Softback edition 12.99.
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