New Vanguard 188 Great Lakes Warships 1812-1815

  • Great Lakes Warships 1812-1815. New Vanguard 188
  • Author:Mark Lardas Illustrator:Paul Wright
  • Paperback; March 2012; 48 pages; ISBN: 9781849085663
When war broke out in 1812, neither the United States Navy nor the Royal Navy had more than a token force on the Great Lakes. However, once the shooting started, it sparked a ship-building arms race that continued throughout the war. This book examines the design and development of the warships built upon the lakes during the war, emphasising their differences from their salt-water contemporaries. It then goes onto cover their operational use as they were pitted against each other in a number of clashes on the lakes that often saw ships captured, re-crewed, and thrown back against their pervious owners. Released in 2012 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the outbreak of the war, this is a timely look at a small, freshwater naval war.