The Captain from Connecticut Author:C. S. Forester No one but a madman would put to sea in such conditions. A blizzard cut visibility to yards. Long Island Sound was galloping whitecaps. But in this second year of the war of 1812, conditions like these spelled opportunity to Captain Josiah Peabody, USN. His mission: break the British Blockade. The only thing in his favor was surprise. Who would ... more »expect a Yankee frigate in Long Island Sound at night? Peabody is a fictional character, and C.S. Forester's first American hero. Yet it was men like him who compensated for our tragic lack of warships and set the world sounding with the feats of our small navy.« less
Another excellent naval novel by C. S. Forester. I was pleasantly surprised when I found a 1942 hardback copy in a local used book store for only $2. It is a stirring tale of an American captain commanding the USS Delaware during the War of 1812.
Captain Peabody and his crew ravage British shipping and shore installations in the West Indies. But just when he feels pride in accomplishing his duty to his country, he is confronted by a heart-wrenching problem. He and the enemy captain he must destroy, or whom he must be destroyed by, are both in love with women from the same family. When their ships finally meet, one must kill the other.
No matter how many books Forester wrote, he still didn't write enough to satisfy this reader.