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Title: Black Night Off Finisterre: The Tragic Tale of an Early British Ironclad
Description: Shrewsbury, Airlife. 1999, First Edition. (ISBN: 1840370955) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 192 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). B&w photographs, drawings, map. "This is the definitive account of the loss of HMS Captain and the decade-long public controversy in parliament and the press which preceded and led to the building of the ship in unprecedented circumstances. HMS Captain was a very important vessel because she was the first sea-going turret warship built to provide all-round fire power. She was the first in a line of innovative designs heralding the great development of warships that reached its peak before World War Two. The lengthy controversy involved a row between Captain Cowper Phipps Coles, RN, the designer of Captain and inventor of the turntable turret gun for warships, and the Admiralty Constructor, Edward Reed, who regarded the design of the vessel as potentially dangerous. Each had his supporters, and the Admiralty made a fatal compromise, for on the night of 6/7 September 1870, only four months after being commissioned, the new ship capsized in a gale off Finisterre and sank immediately. The death toll of British seamen was greater than at the Battle of Trafalgar. (The author) has previously written on the ship and the tragedy, but he has recently discovered new and previously unknown information that changes history in relation to the loss of the ship - information that appears to have been suppressed at the court martial of the 18 surviviors." Two minor corner bumps, minor bump on fore-edge of front board, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jackect has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing. Very Good/Very Good.

Keywords: Nathaniel Barnaby, Birkenhead, Hugh T. Burgoyne, Cape Finisterre, Low Freeboard, Centre of Gravity, Cowper Phipps Coles, John Edmund Commerell, James Ellis, Gunner's Mates, Admiral James Hope, Thomas Kernan, May, Monarch, Monitor, Sherard Osborn, Edward R

Price: US$ 15.00 Seller: Capricorn Books
- Book number: 25908

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