The Line upon a Wind: The Great War at Sea, 1793-1815

The Line upon a Wind: The Great War at Sea, 1793-1815

by Noel Mostert


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The thrilling story of Britain's death-struggle with Revolutionary France, wherein Napoleon is checkmated by Nelson's brilliant naval exploits.

In February 1793 France declared war on Britain, and for the next twenty-two years the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars raged. This was to be the longest, cruelest war ever fought at sea, comparable in scale only to the Second World War. New naval tactics were brought to bear, along with such unheard-of weapons as rockets, torpedoes, and submarines. The war on land saw the rise of the greatest soldier the world had ever known—Napoleon Bonaparte—whose vast ambition was thwarted by a genius he never met in person or in battle: Admiral Horatio Nelson.

Noel Mostert's narrative ranges from the Mediterranean to the West Indies, Egypt to Scandinavia, showing how land versus sea was the key to the outcome of these wars. He provides details of ship construction, tactics, and life on board. Above all he shows us the extraordinary characters that were the raw material of Patrick O'Brian's and C. S. Forester's magnificent novels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393066531
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/28/2008
Pages: 800
Product dimensions: 6.48(w) x 9.42(h) x 1.97(d)

About the Author

Noel Mostert was the Montreal Star correspondent in New York and Europe during the 1950s and has since reported for different American magazines from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He lives in Tangiers.

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•~|DARKDREAM|~•Name: Darkdream | Age: I'm not going there. She's OLD | Gender: She-cat (Female) | Rank: Senior Warrior/Deputy. Almost an elder | Personality: Grumpy, sarcastic, hot-headed, fiercly loyal, moody, can be friendly | Likes: Moongazing, fighting, hunting, watching storms | Dislikes: Cats who make fun of her age or how she never had a mate/kits, cats who give themselves the most RIDICULOUS powers, cats who make themselves the star of another cats story, being ignored | Fur Color: Jet black, with flecks of gray on her muzzle (Age Dx) | Eye Color: Used to be sky blue, now is a faded blue | Build: Thin and has an injured shoulder, so she has a limp, long red claws, hard muscles | Friends: Mistystar, Geckoleaf, Infernopaw, Kingsfoot, Sundapple, Ambershine, Lightcloud, Lightningfrost, Fangdusk. | Enemies: She doesn't get along with Karateclaw :/ | Apprentice: Infernopaw | Mate: None and is no longer searching | Kits: None :/ | Mother: Rainheart(StarClan) | Father: Foxfur(Dark Forest) | Siblings: Deathfang(Dead..?) | Special Abilities: She can control shadows, but can hardly do it now | History: Too long | Signature: -DD- | ••-TORNADOCLAW-•• Name: Tornadoclaw | Age: 17 moons | Gender: Tom (male) | Rank: Warrior | Personality: Laid back, friendly, caring, protective | Fur Color: Smokey gray with dark gray flecks | Eye Color: Amber | Build: Muscular | Friends: Everyone who is nice to him | Enemies: None | Mother: Lightcloud(StarClan) | Father: Karateclaw | Siblings: Vividlight and Rosefire(Both dead) | Mate: Geckoleaf | Kits: Destructivepaw and Tornadokit (Both adopted) | Special Abilities: He can heal blood wounds | Signature: -TC- |
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Gender:tom Mate:none Looks: sleek brown fur with blue eyes Description: fearless,smart,strong,and fast I want/need pretty mate.
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Name:Tigermouth|Gender:Shecat|Mate:None|Rank:Senior warrior|Age:a little younger than Mistystar, was there when she was still Wingpaw/Wingflower|Apprentice:Tinystrike and Red?(not sure of his warrior name.)|Appearince:Black with a orange strip, is rencarnation of Hollyleaf|Father:Stormer|Mother:Amber|Story:Was abused by her parents and abondened at a young age and was found by a member of hurracaneclan who dissapered soon afterward. She was made Blacktails apprentice by Leafstar and became friends with Wingpaw and Lightpaw (now Mistystar and Lightfur) then became a warrior soon after them. She voted for Mistystar when she was tring to be leader, has allways been helpful to the clan but almost left when some cats where insulting her. Has always wanted a mate but has never goten one.