Eagle of the Sea

Eagle of the Sea

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • Rand McNally & Co ,U.S.
  • Skokie, IL, United States
  • English
  • Ill.
  • 0528876589
  • 9780528876585

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The author, an authority on the history of the Constitution (better known as Old Ironsides), has unearthed a good deal of documentary source material relating to her story, and has used some of this material in this his first book for boys and girls. The story is told through the experiences of a boy who helped build her in the Boston shipyards, and later sailed on her as a recruit of the new U.S. Navy, first to prove her might against the Barbary pirates, later against the British in the War of 1812. The bloody pirate battles, the rush of wind in the sails, the loud report of heavy shells, all are there to please any boy who revels in stories of the days of sailing ships and battles. Today's science-minded boys seem to have lagging interest in pirates and sea battles, but the historical and biographical background of this make it good supplementary reading, of particular use in school libraries. Gordon Grant (no relation of the author) has done grand line drawings and a beautiful portrait of the ship jacket in color. (Kirkus Reviews)show more