Sink or Be Sunk! The Naval
The American naval presence along the coastal waters of the
The story of the British officer, Commander Nicolas Lockyer of HMS Sophie, is just as interesting as that of Lieutenant Jones. He was involved in the disastrous action against Fort Bowyer at Mobile Bay when his ship was damaged and another British ship was lost to the American guns. Lockyer was determined to succeed in his mission of destroying the American gunboats in order to restore his good name. His energy and competence, coupled with his good instinct for the proper tactics, were deciding factors in the British victory.
When the two men finally engage in battle, La Violette’s descriptions of the fighting rival those of C.S. Forester.
The Battle of St. Joe Pass, December 14, 1814, was a tactical defeat for the Americans. But like Benedict Arnold’s naval battle on
I commend this volume to those interested in both a fight against stiff odds and in the early traditions of the American Navy.