Hunting the Essex: A Journal of the Voyage of HMS Phoebe, 1813-1814


This previously unpublished journal provides an eyewitness account of the epic chase of the USS Essex that was the inspiration for the film Master & Commander. In 1813 the British frigate Phoebe set out on a secret mission to counter the campaign by the frigate USS Essex, which had almost annihilated the lucrative British whaling trade in the south Pacific. After an epic voyage and a nerve-wracking rounding of Cape Horn, Phoebe tracked her prey to neutral Valparaiso where the American frigate was blockaded. A cat-and-mouse game that lasted months ended with an attempted break-out and a bloody battle in which Essex was captured.

By: Midshipman Allen Gardiner

Hardcover: 128 pages

Language: English

4.75 x 1 x 7.25 inches

ISBN: 9781848321748


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