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by Ian Toll

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Author: Ian Toll
ISBN: 0141014563
ISBN13: 978-0141014562
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (September 27, 2007)
Pages: 576
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Six Frigates: How Piracy, War And British Supremacy At Sea Gave Birth To The World's Most Powerful Navy. How "a handful of bastards and outlaws fighting under a piece of striped bunting" humbled the omnipotent British Navy. Before the ink was dry on the . Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military had become the most divisive issue facing the new government.

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A task force of 97 British ships sailed to crush an American fleet of 14. Yet in three successive duels at sea the US frigates outgunned and outfought the invincible Royal Navy and so destroyed a myth. No matter that in the end the naval blockade of Boston and New York brought the American economy to its knees and the Royal Navy had its revenge on two of the US frigates. Nelson's navy recognised an emerging maritime power that would one day be its rival.

Begun in the shadow of the British Royal Navy that was thought to be unbeatable, the American Navy faced challenges of every kind. The navy grew as the country grew, by fits and starts, by rising to challenges (The Barbary pirates, Britain and France) and learning from mistakes.

Most sincerely do we regret. Six Frigates: How Piracy, War and British Supremacy at Sea gave Birth to the World's Most Powerful Navy. London: Penguin Books. that this last and most triumphant escape of the Constitution, the first frigate of the United States that had humbled the proud flag of Britain, had, not long ago, been brought under the scrutiny of a court-martial Collier applied to the Admiralty for the opportunity to clear his name, but this was not satisfied.

Ian Toll recounts how the nascent United States came to challenge British supremacy in the short-lived but often vicious war of 1812-15. Though they were inexperienced, outnumbered and outgunned, just six American frigates took on the might of His Majesty's navy - and Toll brilliantly describes, in hair-raising detail, some of the most thrilling actions ever fought. Format Paperback 576 pages. Dimensions 128 x 192 x 38mm 42. 4g. Publication date 27 Sep 2007. Publisher Penguin Books Ltd.

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Comments to eBook Six Frigates: How Piracy, War and British Supremacy at Sea Gave Birth to the World's Most Powerful Navy
Butius
Why did I read this book? I'm in this mood where I'm not interested in fiction. I hadn't been able to finish any of the fiction books I was reading, so I started reading a history book called The Fourth Part of the World. A fascinating read on what could have been a very dry subject, a map. I blew threw it in a few days and wanted more. Next I read 1776. A very well known book, deservedly so. I was impressed. But I was done, and was hungry for more, particularly from that time period. I stumbled upon Six Frigates and started in.

I couldn't put it down.

Not only is the book captivating and intense, it is sincere in it's historical accuracy (unlike other history books I've read that try to make the work into a Hollywood thriller). While reading, you get the sense that this was extremely well researched. At the same time, the descriptions make you feel like you're living the moment. And the insights into our founding fathers are so well illustrated that you come away feeling as if you know the people, or better yet, as if Ian Toll knew them and is tell us about people with which he is well acquainted.

Why is the book important? In Ian's own words, he "set out to write a book about the founding of the U.S. Navy, yet ended up writing a book about the founding of our country".

The book is about how a government decides when to use force overseas, defend its rights against the world superpower, and enter the world stage. THis is an underdog story, sure. And a rousing adventure. But it also sheds light on how 13 colonies became one nation.
Lanadrta
Today, we take the U.S. Navy and our dominance over the world’s oceans for granted. But as Ian Toll’s Six Frigates explains, this result was not predestined, resulting from a number of decisions make at land and sea. Toll not only puts on board the six sailing ships for which the book is named, but in the Halls of Congress, the Executive Mansion (as it was known before being named “The White House”), on wharves and in the offices of nautical architects. By combining politics, economics, architecture and many other facets with his tales of sailing and naval combat Toll, provides his readers with a full appreciation for the complicated story of how the U.S. emerged from an foundling nation with no navy to the beginning of the realization that it was only a matter of time before it would surpass England’s mastery of the seas.

Toll assumes no knowledge of nautical affairs, explaining the difference between a frigate and other naval vessels (although he can get somewhat technical in the battle scenes), and takes particular joy in recounting the initial controversy over their design. In so doing he introduces us to a little known but fascinating figure in early American history, Joshua Humphreys, who conceived their controversial design and touched off a firestorm with jealous rivals. That Humphreys prevailed in his battles with his critics would play a crucial role in the frigates’ success, and Toll does not slight it.

The fight with the Barbary pirated during the Jefferson administration was the Navy’s first test, and Toll spends a good deal of time recounting it. The naval aspects of the War of 1812 also comes in for comprehensive coverage. Unfortunately, the tale mostly ends there without covering the post war return to Africa that put the Barbary Pirates out of business once and for all from the US perspective. By the end of the story, the US navy is well established, it’s leading officers the chief heroes of the young Republic rivalled only by Andrew Jackson for his victory over the British at New Orleans. As the book closes we see James Madison, who fought the navy’s creation with Thomas Jefferson during the Washington and Adams administration, overseeing the second great wave of ship building featuring vessels that will dwarf the original six.

Toll makes only a single mistake I detected. In his epilogue of post 1815 naval history highlights he attributes the America’s entry in World War One to the sinking of the Lusitania. Although that disaster played an important part in a longer process, it was not the proximate cause that Toll presents it to be. But that it very tangential to what is a fascinating story wonderfully told.
Forey
This is the fascinating story of how our American Navy was born during the fragile years of our country's origin. In 1794, President Washington signed legislation authorizing the construction of 6 heavy frigates. These ships were to help protect American shipping interests and to counter the British practice of forcing American sailors to serve on British ships.

The wood for each frigate would require several hundred live oak trees. The frame pieces could only be cut from the largest and oldest trees, about one in fifty. Live oak was sought for its extraordinary strength and resistance to both salt air and rot. It had a lifespan 5 times that of white oak. But shipyard workers dreaded the extra work it took to cut and shape it. A nail driven into it was nearly impossible to extract. Axes bounced off it and saws moved back and forth across it again and again, barely making progress.

Live oak trees were difficult to obtain. They grew in the uninhabited coastal islands of Georgia. The first ninety axe-men and ship-carpenters arrived from Connecticut on St. Simon Island, Georgia. They immediately contracted malaria. All but three returned home.

From the design of the ships and their complex construction, to battling the Barbary pirates of Tripoli off North Africa, to the legislative debates on their high cost to our fledgling economy, to the hair-raising sea battles against the mightiest navy that ever existed (the British), this story is engaging from start to finish.
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