(From the publisher):
W.H. White's action-packed tale introduces a new character in American sea fiction: Isaac Biggs of Marblehead, Massachusetts. Sailing from Boston as captain of the foretop in the bark Anne
, his ship is outward bound with a cargo for the Swedish colony of St. Barts in the West Indies in the fall of 1810. When the Anne
is stopped by a British Royal Navy frigate, Isaac and several of his shipmates are forcibly pressed into service on the Orpheus
, actively engaged in England's long-running war with France.
The young Isaac faces the hard life of a Royal Navy seaman and a harrowing war at sea. His new life is hard, with strange rules, floggings, and new dangers. Then the United States declares war on England and Isaac finds himself in an untenable situation, facing the possibility of fighting his own countrymen.
Written from the aspect of the fo'c'sle rather than an officer's view and through the eyes of an American, A Press of Canvas provides new perspectives and an exciting story of this often neglected period in American history.
Original title: A Press of Canvas
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure→ Military and Naval Adventure
Fiction→ Historical→ North America→ Nineteenth Century