~ The Pacific Cruise 1813 - 1814 ~
~ From the Journal of Capt. David Porter ~
A single Frigate lording over the Pacific in saucy defiance of
their thousand ships, reveling in the spoils of boundless
wealth, and almost banishing the British flag from these
regions where it had so long waved proudly Predominate.
- Washington Irving, on the Essex
Frigate Essex with her captured prizes, and crews, which Capt. Porter pressed into service, as his 'Pacific Fleet'. Painting from Peabody Essex Museum.
This excellant book about the First ESSEX reads like a C. S. Forester Novel. R. Sourisseau