Frigates and Foremasts: The North American Squadron in Nova Scotia Waters 1745-1815 by Julian GwynFrigates and Foremasts: The North American Squadron in Nova Scotia Waters 1745-1815 by Julian Gwyn

Frigates and Foremasts: The North American Squadron in Nova Scotia Waters 1745-1815

byJulian Gwyn

Paperback | July 1, 2004

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The first comprehensive study of naval operations involving NorthAmerican squadrons in Nova Scotia waters, Frigates and Foremasts offersa masterful analysis of the motives behind the deployment of Royal Navyvessels between 1745 and 1815, and the navy’s role on the WesternAtlantic.

Interweaving historical analysis with vivid descriptions of pivotalevents from the first siege of Louisbourg in 1745 to the end of thewars with the United States and France in 1815, Julian Gwyn illuminatesthe complex story of competing interests among the Admiralty, NavyBoard, sea officers, and government officials on both sides of theAtlantic. In a gripping narrative encompassing sea battles,impressments, and privateering, Gwyn brings to life key events andcentral figures. He examines the role of leadership and the lack of it,not only of seagoing heroes from Peter Warren to Philip Broke, but alsoof land-based officials, such as the various Halifax naval yardcommissioners, whose important contributions are brought to light.Gwyn’s brilliant evocation of people and events, and thescholarship he brings to bear on the subject makes Frigates andForemasts a uniquely authoritative history. Wonderfully readable, itwill attract both the serious naval historian and the general readerinterested in the ‘why’ and ‘what’ of navalhistory on North America's eastern seaboard.

Julian Gwyn is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at the University of Ottawa and the author of Excessive Expectations: Maritime Commerce and the Economic Development of Nova Scotia, 1740-1870.
Title:Frigates and Foremasts: The North American Squadron in Nova Scotia Waters 1745-1815Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.62 inPublished:July 1, 2004Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774809116

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Table of Contents


1 The Siege of Louisbourg and Its Aftermath, 1745-55

2 The Halifax Squadron in Peace and War, 1755-75

3 Naval War with Rebel America, 1775-83

4 Short Peace and Long War, 1783-1807

5 Preying on American Commerce, 1793-1812

6 Maritime War with the United States, 1812-15

7 Conclusion and Epilogue




Editorial Reviews

Professor Gwyn’s admirable treatment of the socio-economic aspects of the squadron’s history include the attention paid to the development of the Royal Navy’s docking, building and careening facilities in Bermuda and Nova Scotia; his account of the squadron’s role in imposing London’s trade policies before the American Revolution; and some interesting comments comparing Nova Scotia and Georgia as colonies before 1775. - David R. Jones - Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Vol. 8, 2005