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Author Daughan, George C.

Title The shining sea : David Porter and the epic voyage of the U.S.S. Essex during the War of 1812 / George C. Daughan.

Publication Info. New York : Basic Books, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    973.52573 DAU    Available
Description xxi, 337 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Shortly after the outbreak of the War of 1812, Captain David Porter set out at the helm of the USS Essex, intent on rounding Cape Horn and hunting British whaling and merchant ships in the Pacific Ocean. Porter's odyssey took him to exotic isles and brought glory to the fledgling American navy, and in The Shining Sea, celebrated historian George C. Daughan tells the full story of this historic voyage for the first time. Porter's cruise is now regarded as the greatest maritime adventure of the period, but his monomaniacal quest to capture a British man-of-war ultimately cost him his ship and the lives of over two-thirds of his crew-a disgraceful end to a daring journey. A thrilling narrative of risk and ruin on the high seas, The Shining Sea brings to life one of the war's greatest tragedies, capturing Porter's immense hubris and his cataclysmic failure. "-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Porter, David, 1780-1843.
Essex (Frigate)
United States. Navy -- History -- War of 1812.
United States. Navy -- Officers -- Biography.
United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Naval operations, American.
ISBN 9780465019625 hardback
0465019625 hardback

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