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I have much respect for Adm. James "Ace" Lyons and follow with interest his writing. Indeed, I was privileged to be serving on HMS Hydra, when she returned to Portsmouth from the Falklands War in September 1982, when Adm. Lyons' flagship paid my small ship a signal salute.
The bicentennial of the War of 1812 will soon be upon us. Celebrations, observances and re-creations of all sorts will take place from Boston to New Orleans and from the Chesapeake Bay to Washington and Baltimore and on to Lake Champlain and the Great Lakes. "Perilous Fight" is an outstanding introduction to these celebrations of a war in which, as one scholar has noted, "Everyone thinks they won."
Back in the 1990s, addicts of Patrick O'Brian's wonderful 21 seagoing adventure novels that featured Lucky Jack Aubrey had a secret recognition word when they huddled in cocktail party corners. It was "futtock shroud."
As the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 approaches, Donald Shomette's book, updated from a similar work published by him in 1981, is a most appropriate addition to the literature.