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A Fine Tops’l Breeze by William H. White

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Volume Two in the War of 1812 Trilogy

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Issac Biggs (from A Press of Canvas) ships as Third Mate on the Salem privateer General Washington in February 1813.  At the same time, his friends from the British frigate Orpheus and the Baltimore schooner Glory find berths on the American warship USS Constellation and eventually they wind up on the USS Chesapeake in Boston just in time for her disasterous meeting with HMS Shannon.  Throughout the spring of 1813, Issac and the General Washington roam the waters between Massachusetts and Nova Scotia, taking prizes and harassing the British.  When the American survivors of the Chesapeake/Shannon battle are confined in Melville Island Prison in Halifax, the General Washington and Issac play an important role in securing their freedom.