Books: Of the Everlasting Sea

SEA FIGHTS AND SHIPWRECKS (315 pp.)—Hanson W. Baldwin—Hanover House ($3.95).

Napoleon was in exile, Louis XVIII was back on the throne, and a wealthy Frenchman improbably named Schmaltz was dispatched by the King to take over the African colony of Senegal. Governor Schmaltz left Rochefort harbor on June 17, 1816, aboard the 44-gun frigate Medusa, accompanied by a motley crowd. "There were Napoleon's veterans—fresh from the wars, scarred, hardbitten, rough . . . There were huge colonials, their black shining faces marred with bluish tattoo marks . . . Ladies were attired and...

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