A Mission of Honour, The Royal Navy in the Pacific 1769-1997

John McLean

Price: NZ$60.00, AU$60.00, UK£30.00
Size: A5
Type: Hardback
Pages: 518 pages plus illustrations

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"McLean has drawn a broad canvas in the 518 page book....Following a broad outline, he has divided the book into 48 chapters and presents his stories in a crisp, easy-to-read style that brings the accounts to life.

All the main conflicts and battles are covered, from wars with the Maoris, Russians, Chinese, Germans, Japanese and Koreans, with their grand victories and tragic defeats through to the Navy's policing and punitive roles guarding Britain's far flung territories.

Stories of heroic single ships are here, HMS Calliope and her fight to clear Apia harbour in a hurricane that wrecked an entire squadron, and HMS Amethyst's desperate night flight from communist Chinese forces on the Yangtse River.

Also covered are the routine but equally important tasks of charting the great ocean and surveying its lands, the carrying of convicts and the provisioning of remote islands for the salvation of shipwrecked mariners.

It is his chapters on life at sea and ashore where McLean's book really shines.There have been many far more detailed accounts but perhaps few have covered such a diverse range of life at sea aboard sail and steam-powered warships."

        - Andrew Stackpool in "Navy" (Australia), April, 2011

"Britain's gift to the Pacific has been sea power. By almost single handedly bringing peace, order and security to the Pacific the Royal Navy carved for itself the honour of being the most positive factor in the development of the peaceful trade of the world's largest ocean. "A Mission of Honour" tells this remarkable and uplifting story with a sharp eye for detail and a sense of adventure".

        - "White Ensign" (Ausralia).

List of chapters of A MISSION OF HONOUR:

  • Captain Cook
  • Captain George Vancouver
  • Captain Bligh and HMS Bounty
  • Captain Phillip and the First Fleet to Australia
  • Surveying and Charting
  • The Search for Spars
  • Rescue by HMS Alligator in Taranaki, New Zealand
  • The Opium Wars
  • Recruitment
  • Australia's Northern Outposts
  • Island Depots
  • Petropavlovsk and the Crimean War
  • The Wreck of HMS Orpheus
  • The River War in New Zealand
  • The Battle of Gate Pa
  • Gunnery
  • Pomp and Circumstance
  • Wives and Sweethearts
  • Raising the Flag
  • Missionaries, Cannibals and Blackbirders
  • The Death of Commodore Goodenough
  • Skullduggery in Samoa
  • The Apia Hurricane
  • Getting there and back
  • Carpenters and Sailmakers
  • From Sail to Steam
  • Rowing
  • Feeding the Fleet
  • Collecting Curios
  • Diverse Tasks
  • Jack Ashore
  • Runaway Sailors
  • The Pursuit of Pirates
  • Esquimalt
  • Port Hamilton
  • Wei Hai Wei
  • The Battle of Coronel
  • Accidnets at Sea
  • The Fall of Hong Kong
  • The Prince of Wales and the Repulse
  • The Rise and Fall of the Singapore Naval Base
  • The Battle of the Java Sea
  • Kamikazes at Okinawa
  • A Daring Submarine Attack
  • The Navy is Back - 1945
  • HMS Amethyst on the Yangtse
  • The Korean War
  • The Handover of Hong Kong

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