By John D Grainger

ISBN-10: 1473877245

ISBN-13: 9781473877245

John D Grainger charts the careers of the 13 vessels that experience served the Royal military below the identify HMS Shark. regardless of the ferocious identify, they've got all been rather small vessels together with one brigantine, 5 sloops, one 6th price, a gunvessel, 4 destroyers and a submarine. jointly they accordingly supply an outstanding illustration of many of the roles of those kinds, which obtain some distance much less awareness than greater, extra glamorous ships. in addition, because the first entered provider in 1699 and the final used to be sunk in 1944 (having the doubtful contrast of being the one Allied vessel misplaced on D-Day), they illustrate the adjustments and continuities within the Royal army and struggle at sea throughout virtually 250 years.
In every one case the writer considers the starting place of the send, the aim for which it was once designed and hired, its captains and the place attainable its workforce, in addition to the actions of the send itself and its ultimate destiny; additionally heritage details of a common nature is incorporated as an important context for these activities.

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