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Storm and conquest : the battle for the Indian Ocean, 1808-10 /
Stephen Taylor.
London : Faber, 2007.
xx, 380 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports.
0571224652 (hbk.), 9780571224654 (hbk.)
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London : Faber, 2007.
0571224652 (hbk.)
9780571224654 (hbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Guardian UK, September 2007
Guardian UK, August 2008
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This is the story of a great commander, Captain Robert Corbet, the most hated Navy captain of his day, and the battle for Mauritius. By 1809 the Indian Ocean was the final battleground for Nelson's Navy and the French fleet. At stake was Britain's commercial lifeline to India - and its strategic capacity to wage war in Europe.
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By 1809 the Indian Ocean was the final battleground for Nelson_s Navy and the French fleet. At stake was Britain_s commercial lifeline to India _ and its strategic capacity to wage war in Europe. In one fatal season, the natural order of maritime power since Trafalgar was destroyed. Storm and Conquest brings together the terrifying ordeal of men, women and children caught at sea in hurricanes, and those who survived to drive the French from the Eastern Seas. All shared a need to prove themselves _ to make a career, or a fortune, or a marriage _ in places which could be at once magnificent and terrifying.The drama of Stephen Taylor_s masterful narrative is irresistible; his true stories more than a match for the novels of Patrick O_Brian. And he provides a meticulously researched, searing portrait of the British captains whose zeal and ambition was such that they would rather die than capitulate.
Table of Contents
Dramatis personae
Admiral Pellew's strategyp. 5
A petition from Bombayp. 19
General Macdowall's grievancep. 35
'Sir Henry Gwillim embarks ... and the Devil go with him'p. 49
'Not heard of again'p. 67
'A cabal in the maintop'p. 79
Justice at the Capep. 91
'One of the most wicked places in the Universe'p. 105
Sir George Barlow draws his swordp. 125
'A perfect hurricane'p. 141
'The most terrible of deaths'p. 161
Pellew's revengep. 175
Return to Ile de Francep. 193
'A mongrel kind of gentleman'p. 209
'The enterprizing Captain Corbet'p. 221
Battle on Bourbonp. 237
Commodore Hamelin's cruisep. 249
Christmas at the India Housep. 263
The Battle of Grand Portp. 277
'For shame, hoist the Colours again!'p. 301
A close run thingp. 315
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