Ever since junior high, when I was introduced to the Hornblower novels of C. S. Forrester. Since then I’ve become a voracious reader of the novels of Alexander Kent, Dudley Pope, and to a lesser degree, and I know I speak heresy here, those of Patrick O’Brian. Lately, I’ve become engrossed in the Alan Lewrie novels of Dewey Lambdin and have found them a worthy addition to a genre which seemed to have passed with Mr. O’Brian.
I can’t adequately explain why these novels appealed to me as I’ve never been beyond the sight of land and my sailing experience is limited to riding ferries or attempting to sail a Sunfish. But the thought of towering masts, clouds of canvas, the roar of cannon, and the hard men who kept them afloat
What I hope to bring together here is a comprehensive source for the era: weapons and armaments, personages, single ship and minor fleet actions, and way of life aboard a man o’war during the Age of Sail.