I was first exposed to The Fighting Temeraire as a schoolboy in the 60 s via Sir Henry Newbolt s poem just before the dramatic curriculum revisions of the late 60 s and 70 sNow the sunset s breezes shiverAnd she s fading down the riverBut in England s song for everShe s the Fighting TemeraireHere is a link to a Wonderful account of the ship that captured two French ships at Trafalgar and was much later the subject of Turner s painting voted the favorite of the English public T In a recent poll J M W Turner s The Fighting Temeraire tugged to Her Last Berth To Be last berth to be up 1838 depicting an aging warship being towed up the Thames to a breaking yard was voted the British public s favourite painting It s easy to see why The Fighting Temeraire is a remarkable work created at the peak of Turner s ability and is a beautiful tribute to the passing of the previous age of tall ships and a time when Britannia for better or worse ruled the waves Many people may not be familiar with the history behind the masterpiece a decades long story of two reat warships and several wars and a starring role in Britain s Ambition and Accommodation: How Women View Gender Relations greatest naval victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 This story comprises the heart of the first of Sam Willis Hearts of Oak trilogy which has the ambitious aim of creating biographies of a ship HMS Temeraire a man The Admiral Benbow The Life And Times Of A Naval Legend and a battle The Glorious First of June More accurately though this book is a biography of tworeat ships both the American Kinship: A Cultural Account great Second rate depicted in Turner s painting and the French built 74un ship of the line captured at the spectacular British victory at the Battle of Lagos during the Seven Years War and of the many men who served and died aboard them In this Willis absolutely succeeds devoting each chapter of the book to a specific vignette or aspect of command or life aboard ship in a way which helps to simplify what might otherwise have been a very complex history In doing so he addresses the key points in the histories of the two ships such as the second Temeraire s decisive actions at Trafalgar service in the Baltic mutiny and post war retirement as a prison hulk and victualing depot On doing so he uses the story of the two Temeraires to a tell a An Ethics of Interrogation greater narrative that of the triumph of the Royal Navy during the late 18thearly 19th centuries and the eventual twilight of thereat
age of fighting sail the story is a of fighting sail The story is a one well worth the telling and Willis does so in a way that is highly accessible to non technically minded readers entertaining and robust in its scholarship While mostly a biography in a loosely termed way of one of the most famous ships
Of The Royal Navythe Royal Navy historical subsection that didn t really exist until a few years ago this book is even uniue for the element of art history contained in its final chapters The majority of the book is devoted to the. The HMS Temeraire one of Britain`s most illustrious fighting ships is known to millions through JMW Turner`s masterpiece The Fighting Temeraire 1839 which portrays the battle scarred veteran of Britain`s wars with Napoleonic France In this evocative new volume Sam Willis tells the extraordinary story of the vessel behind the painting and the making of the painting itselfTurner's Temeraire was the But this section is a postscript than
a parallel to the earlier naval history I did appreciate his reconstruction of the big ship sparallel to the earlier naval history I did appreciate his reconstruction of the big ship s trip up the Thames as a public spectacle As with Jame Austen s Persuasion it is a moment where the terrestrial society caught a Ancestral Voices: Religion and Nationalism in Ireland glimpse of the maritime on which it depended but mostly from a distance He closes with a discussion of iconic ships and their preservation What is missed here is any discussion of why some ships are saved and others lost He paints a vision of Constitution or Victory up for auction but these ships are protected by the myths they embody In contrast USS Olympia is in active peril the only surviving pre dreadnought But as Dewey s flagship in the Spanish American War she symbolizes an imperial episode that most Americans not only forget but of which they are happy to remain ignorant The HMS Temeraire was a 98un ship of the line at Trafalgar and played a crucial part in that battle This ship has a long and illustrious history in the days of fighting sail Thanks to the iconic painting The Fighting Temeraire by JMW Turner we have a nostalgic connection to the story of this Animal Ecology great shipThis book is well written it traces the story of the capture of the original Temeraire from the French at Lagos Bay 1759 and its subseuent service Then after the war and scrapping a new 98un ship of the line continued the name and service through the Napoleonic wars The detail of life aboard the ship victualling logistics and command I found fascinatingLater when the days of fighting sail were but a memory the Temeraire was finally sold off Being towed to the yard for scrapping was the moment Turner chose to represent in his iconic painting I found it fascinating that the numerous technical errors in the painting were actually intentional Turner was not painting a true image of the event but rather trying to convey an emotion ultimately perhaps in the value of history and how we should treasure itA Art and Cartography: Six Historical Essays great narrative recommended reading I read a lot of history intended for the lay public as opposed to professional historians You could call this big picture or macro history This book is micro history covering in detail the story of two ships and a painting starting in the year 1759For theeneral reader this micro history would be deadly boring but for denizens of the John for Everyone: Part One, Chapters 1-10 gunroom it is fascinating stuffThe first ship was built by the French and captured by the British navy in the Seven Years War in 1759The second ship was built by the British in the 1790 s andiven the name of the first ship in honor of the original
victory the new temeraire played a key roleThe new Temeraire played a key role the famous battle of Trafalgar in the Napoleonic warThe fame of the Temeraire today however rests on the exsuisite painting by Joseph TurnerClick on the link below to see the painting where it now resides adjoining Trafalgar Suarehttpwwwnationalgalleryorgukpa. Trafalgar in 1805 saving the Vice Admiral at a crucial moment in the battle This tale of two ships spans the heyday of the age of sail the climaxes of both the Seven Years War 1756 63 and the Napoleonic Wars 1798 1815Filled with richly evocative detail and narrated with the pace and usto of a master storyteller The Fighting Temeraire is an enthralling and deeply satisfying work of narrative histor.
Sam Willis á 2 SummaryTemeraire s years in service including her most famous day at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 all the way to her final years as a prison hulk a depot ship to finally being broken up in a wrecker s yard when
She Was Deemed Surplus Towas deemed surplus to peacetime Navy s needs In the book s final chapters exploring the painting JMW Turner created in her image and the relationship that the British public have today with that painting Sam Willis also asks the reader to think about what the value of history is and to appreciate and try to protect that history before it oes the way of Temeraire and most of her compatriotsI would also recommend if you like this The Billy Ruffian The Bellerophon and the Downfall of Napoleon This book is essentially a history of two ships and a painting all three connected by the single word Temeraire which makes for an interesting and somewhat novel angle for a historical enuiry Sam Willis is an engaging writer and the book flows nicely even though the history itself can tend a little toward the military patriotic bombast of the what made Great Britain reat kind That said though the book is an excellent examination of cultural perception ie how the ships and the paintings including Turner s first
rendering of the Battle of Trafalgar itself were perceived both then and now which the shortof the Battle of Trafalgar itself were perceived both then and now which the short of poems at the end adds to nicely this reminded me rather of the obssessive notes of a sub sub librarian which precede Melville s Moby Dick a little This absorbing book was a wonderful combined read for someone like me who
Has A General Interest Ina eneral interest in nautical and art history however Willis is clearly at home here discussing to a Being after Rousseau: Philosophy and Culture in Question greater depth the nautical element of his history of the fighting Temeraire Slightly pedantic and nationalistic at times but a fascinating historical study secondor maybe the third time I have read thisitets better every time Willis is clearly interested in naval history than art history His take on the former is detailed and has an interesting focus on the Seven Years War known in these parts as the French and Indian War where the original French ship of this name was captured by the British As with David Cordingly s The Billy Ruffian The Bellerophon and the Downfall of Napoleon the story of a single ship provides a frame for naval history of the period through both the well known fleet actions and the boredom of blockade He resists telling Trafalgar in detail Instead he explores the degree to which Temeraire s reputation singled out among the British fleet was built by the efforts of her captain who had a Berlioz and His Century: An Introduction to the Age of Romanticism gift for self promotion the uestion is not whether Temeraire fought well but why she received disproportionate praise Willis is on less certainround with art history He returns repeatedly to the poll that named Turner s painting most popular in England and he talks a bit about the structure of the work. Econd ship in the Royal Navy to carry the name The first a French warship captured and commandeered by the British in 1759 served with distinction during the Seven Years' War before being sold off in 1784 The second Temeraire named in honor of her predecessor was a prestigious three decked 98 un warship that broke through the French and Spanish line directly astern of Nelson`s flagship Victory at.