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.