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Tango0104 Jan 2022 9:14 p.m. PST

… and His Ship

"This is the story of Admiral Sir John Balchen, his life and career, and HMS Victory, the largest, finest ship-of-the-line in the Royal Navy at the time, which he commanded when both were lost, along with more than 1,000 crew, in an October storm in the English Channel in 1744.

Admiral John Balchen was a courageous, if not heroic, naval officer who saw major engagements and his legacy in naval development deserves greater recognition. Indeed, the story of both the ship and her commander, their individual and remarkably parallel lives, can now be revealed as fundamental catalysts to the revolutionary reforms in naval shipbuilding, design and dockyard administration that transformed the Royal Navy after 1745…."


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Huscarle06 Jan 2022 2:04 p.m. PST

Looks interesting, although I know diddley squat about the RN during this period.

Tango0106 Jan 2022 3:35 p.m. PST



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