The Billy Ruffiane
The Bellerophon And The Downfall Of Napoleon; The Biograph of a Ship of the Line, 1782-1836
ISBN10: 158234468X ISBN13: 9781582344683 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA Published: Oct 4 2004 Pages: 355 Weight: 0.75lbs. Height: 7.75" Width: 5.00" Depth: 0.50" Language: English
David Cordingly, a leading authority on pirates and maritime history, The Billy Ruffian is the story of a real-life H.M.S. Sophie, named Bellerophon, or Billy Ruffian as her crew called her, barnacles and all. Under fourteen captains, she played a conspicuous part in three of the most famous of all sea battles.But her crowning glory came six weeks after the Battle of Waterloo, when Napoleon, trapped in Rochefort, surrendered to the captain of the ship that had dogged his steps for more than twenty years. Packed with letters, pictures, and first-hand accounts, The Billy Ruffian is an enthralling account of sea adventure.