This was Samuel Leech’s first experience of naval warfare. He was a powder monkey aboard the HMS Macedonian when it was attacked forced to strike its colors by the USS United States in the war of 1812.
Leech provides a fascinating account of life as a sailor in the War of 1812 and through early nineteenth century.
It is a remarkable account of a man who until the conflict with the USS United States had fought British Navy but after that battle changed allegiance to the United States and continued sailing with her navy for a further four years.
He provides brilliant insight into the contrasts that he saw between the US Navy and the British Navy during this time.
It is a vivid account of life at sea in the early nineteenth century and a perfect addition to any sailor’s library.
‘an unlettered tar details the secrets of the naval main-deck ... an interesting volume’ The Merchant’s Magazine
Samuel Leech was a young sailor in the Royal Navy and the United States Navy during the War of 1812. He became notable as one of very few who wrote an account of his experiences. His book was first published in 1843 and he passed away in 1848.