From Fighting the Armada to Trafalgar and Beyond
There is no more illustrious warship name in British naval history than HMS Victory, which is inextricably linked with Admiral Lord Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar. In 1805 the most famous Victory was the scene of Nelson’s greatest triumph and also his death. She is today preserved at Portsmouth as the oldest commissioned warship in the world.
Less well known is that six previous warships also carried the name. The first Victory was Sir John Hawkins’ flagship during the Battle of the Armada in 1588 while the loss of the sixth in 1744 was considered a national tragedy. All manner of maritime life is included in this book, from piracy in the Azores to gentlemanly encounters between fleets and the battle of annihilation that was Trafalgar.
The full horror, majesty and thunder of naval strategy and warfare in the age of fighting sail are all revealed via first-hand accounts of the action and key events. The post-Trafalgar career of Victory is also studied, including her part in destroying Napoleon’s hopes of conquering Russia. We also learn how HMS Victory was saved for the British nation and the world. Researched and written by leading maritime experts Iain Ballantyne and Jonathan Eastland, ‘Victory’ will be enjoyed by all those interested in naval heritage and the proud fighting record of the Royal Navy.
Pen & Sword Maritime
Published: 5 August 2013
‘An admirable volume on a great ship and symbol of naval prowess. In addition to utilizing rarely quoted primary sources and providing a comprehensive summary of Victory’s service, Iain Ballantyne and Jonathan Eastland set the stage with narratives covering the history of the vessel’s early namesakes.’
Dr. John R. Satterfield, DBA writing on www.navyhistory.org, the web site of the USA’s Naval Historical Foundation
‘…a compelling read, with descriptions of the Battle of Trafalgar almost painfully graphic.’
‘This book is superbly illustrated, well researched and very enjoyable.’
Review by Rob Jerrard, writing for ‘Rob Jerrard’s Naval and Maritime Book Reviews’