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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Aug 2018 9:17 p.m. PST

"Though the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars involved some two decades of continuous conflict, in which control of the sea was a vital consideration for Britain, many of hundreds of Royal Navy vessels involved were never exposed to direct combat with the enemy. Bad weather was however a constant hazard, especially in this era when modern aids to navigation and communication did not yet exist and when a vessel under sail did not have the ability to propel herself clear of danger with the ease that steam power would shortly bring. In no case is this better illustrated than by a storm in 1811 in which two "74" ships of the line, HMS Defence, and HMS Hero, and a "98", HMS St. George, and a myriad of smaller craft were lost in a single storm that raged across the entire North Sea. This article will concentrate of the wreck of HMS Hero…."


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Rittmester24 Aug 2018 6:36 a.m. PST

Interesting story Armand. It illustrates the risks of naval operations in those days.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2018 11:16 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!. (smile)


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