To Glory We Steer


HMS Phalarope trades broadsides with the American privateer Andiron in January 1782 off Portsmouth.

JANUARY 1782, PORTSMOUTH. His Britannic Majesty’s frigate Phalarope is ordered to the assistance of the hard-pressed squadrons in the Caribbean. Aboard is her new commander – Richard Bolitho. To all appearances the Phalarope is everything a young captain could wish for. But beneath the surface she is a deeply unhappy ship – her wardroom torn by petty greed and ambition, her deckhands driven to near-mutiny by senseless ill-treatment.

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