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Hornblower leads his first ship of the line into enemy waters in this installment of C. S. Forester's beloved adventure series, called "exciting, realistic, packed with grand naval action" by the New Yorker.

May 1810, seventeen years deep into the Napoleonic Wars. Captain Horatio Hornblower is newly in command of his first ship of the line, the seventy-four-gun HMS Sutherland, which he deems "the ugliest and least desirable two-decker in the Navy List." Moreover, she is 250 men short of a full crew, so Hornblower must enlist and train "poachers, bigamists, sheepstealers," and other landlubbers.

By the time the Sutherland reaches the blockaded Catalonian coast of Spain, the crew is capable of staging five astonishing solo raids against the French. But the grisly prospect of defeat and capture looms for both captain and crew as the Sutherland single-handedly takes on four French ships.

"A fine sea tale, to be ranked with the best of its kind." --New York Times

About the Author

C. S. Forester (1899-1966) wrote many highly acclaimed novels, including the eleven-volume Hornblower saga and The African Queen.

Praise For…

"Ship of the Line contains such lucid explanations of naval maneuvers that before they have finished its readers may feel they could sail a frigate themselves."—Time

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316289368
ISBN-10: 0316289361
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: September 30th, 1985
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Hornblower Saga (Paperback)