THE MAGNIFICENT MARINER by Frederick A. Lane

THE MAGNIFICENT MARINER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A confusing title, since the book's story is as much that of David Blake a young revolutionary war seaman, as it is an outline of part of John Paul Jones' career. David, a Philadelphia boy, enlists in the Navy, and goes aboard Jones ship the Alfred Through campaigns that see them victorious in the Bahamas, David evens a personal score with one of the other sailors, but also becomes increasingly aware of what Jones is trying to do for a solid navy. The issues of privateering and government shipbuilding are a strong point of the book and near the end when Jones is unjustly deprived of his first command, David has cause to wonder at his country's foolishness. Not a complete biography such as Armstrong Sperry's John Paul Jones, Fighting Sailor (Random House).

Pub Date: Sept. 14th, 1953
Publisher: Aladdin Books