This book,"" reports our maritime expert, E.S. McCawley,"" is a record of the ships and men who sailed under Letters of Marque, principally out of Baltimore, when President Madison issued commissions to private armed vessels during the War of 1812. In this tough school were trained men who later took important parts in our naval and marine development. And from the lessons learned, emerged the fast cargo boats of a later era. Important for the sea shelf. Exciting accounts of desperate small ship operations. Good historical material for information on a phase of the influence of war on the development of future commercial activity. Illustrated and with appendix listing ships and officers of the important vessels sailing under 'letters of marque.' Good solid stuff for them as likes it.