Warfare on the Mediterranean in the Age of Sail: A History, 1571-1866

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McFarland, Mar 25, 2011 - History - 402 pages
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Between the last battle fought entirely under oars in 1571 and the first fought entirely under steam in 1866, naval warfare in the Middle Seas and adjacent Atlantic waters was dominated by the sailing warship. This exploration of that distinct period in military history begins with an overview of the galley warfare that dominated the Mediterranean for millennia and a discussion of the technological developments, including the sail and the cannon, which led to the galley's demise. Subsequent chapters discuss the role of sailing ships in every major conflict on the Mediterranean from the 16th century Eighty Years War to the late 19th century Austro-Prussian-Italian War. In addition to the major battles, the book also highlights smaller encounters between single ships or light squadrons, important conflicts often overlooked in naval histories.
 

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Contents

Foreword
1
Preface
3
Introduction
5
Muscle Power Slowly Yields to Sail
33
The Early Days of Sailing Warfare
63
The Golden Age of Fighting Sail Begins
151
Sailing Battles Great and Small
217
Transition from Sail to Power
295
Appendices
337
Chapter Notes
351
Bibliography
369
Index
373
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David S.T. Blackmore is a veteran of the Merchant and Royal Navies. He lives in Toronto, and is a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and Canada.

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