The story of the ship in Turner's famous painting The Fighting Temeraire continues to 1801 where there is one of the most violent and unpleasant mutinies in the history of the Royal Navy aboard HMS Temeraire. It begins with plotting below decks and ends with sailors hanging from the yardarm. One of the most interesting events in the period of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.
The personal narrative of my history of the ship in Turner's most famous painting 'The Fighting Temeraire' continues with Chapter 3 'The Amphibious Temeraire'. In this chapter the captured French 74 gunner is brought into service in the Royal Navy and is turned against the French in a series of amphibious assaults that characterised British warfare in this period.
This podcast continues a personal narrative of my book the Fighting Temeraire, a history of the ship in Turner's most famous painting. In this episode I describe what happens in Chapter one, as the French ship La Temeraire makes a desperate attempt to escape through the Straits of Gibraltar in 1759, as well as the fun and challenges of research and writing.