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  • The Troublesome Voyage of Captain Edward Fenton 1582-83

    A lesser known but probably one of our favourite Hakluyt productions. Published as part of the Second Series in 1957. Octavo, 333 pages with numerous illustrations. Very good condition and nice to have the dust jacket, often lost with Hakluyt for some reason.

    The author/ editor Miss Taylor with Emeritus Professor of Geography at London University. She may have had some post graduate help as the extent of research and reference material is quite something.

    Edward Fenton was quite a character. Nottinghamshire born he sailed in command of the Gabriel in Martin Frobisher’s second expedition to find the Northwest Passage; and then in the third expedition the following year. In 1582 he was put in charge of a special expedition via the Cape of Good Hope to the Moluccas and China … the subject of this book. He got no further than Brazil with lots of goings on with the Spanish and Portuguese. He had a tough time with his crew (some were ex Francis Drake’s recent circumnavigation) and he came back with the nephew of Sir John Hawkins in irons … not to be done without careful thought. The book contains the previously unpublished journal of Fenton, that of the Richard Madox, the diary of John Walker and a wealth of documents/ correspondence of the period.

    Fenton later commanded a vessel … the Mary Rose against the Spanish Armada.

    Fenton before the Armada … on one of his more “Troublesome” voyages.

    $50.00

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  • The Battle of Lake Champlain (Plattsburgh), and The Battle of Fort McHenry (Baltimore) – The Boston Messenger – 7th October 1814

    The Battle of Lake Champlain (Plattsburgh), and The Battle of Fort McHenry (Baltimore) – The Boston Messenger – 7th October 1814

    An original four page broadsheet … the Boston Messenger published on the 7th October 1812 at the culmination of the War of 1812 between The USA and Britain and its allies.

    Over 150 column inches (half the paper) devoted to reports, commentary and tributes, from both sides, regarding these important battles.

    The Battle of Lake Champlain (Also known as the Battle of Plattsburgh) ended the invasion of the northern states of the USA during the War of 1812. The British army under General Prevost and the Royal Navy under Downie converged on the lakeside town of Plattsburgh which was defended by New York and Vermont militia and detachments of regular troops under General Macomb and ships under Macdonough. The British attacked after dawn on the 11th September 1814 but were defeated after a hard fight in which Downie was killed. Prevost retreated to Canada.

    The Battle of Fort McHenry (Also known as the Battle of Baltimore, Maryland) inspired Francis Scott Key to write the “Star Spangled Banner” as he was watching the battle from a British ship! This battle the turning point when US forces warded off a British invasion of the sea port of Baltimore. The British had landed 5,000 troops who first found resistance at the Battle of North Point, some five miles from the city. General Sticker commanding a group of Maryland militia blunted the British attack killing General Ross in command. They were halted. Meanwhile at Fort McHenry 1,000 American soldiers awaited the British bombardment. They had protected the harbour by sinking a line of merchant ships. The attack began on 13th September 1814 using mortars and rockets. The pounding was relentless although inaccurate and little damage was sustained. British Admiral Cochrane decided on a commando style assault in an attempt to distract the American troops. However, it failed and from there the British gave up any hope of success and retreated on 14th September 1814.

    Whilst all this was happening peace negotiations were underway in Europe, also noted in this edition. A Treaty was soon signed to end the war on the basis that prior territories were retained.

    Significant Reports the War of 1812

    $90.00

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  • English Canon Replica

    English Canon Replica

    Authentic replica of an early English Cannon 28 cm long with a Barrel of 24 cm. Practical English get the job done design. Impressive size and suitable for any Civil War.

    A cannon that means business … click on me to see all my BOOOOOM

    $90.00

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