A Ship of the Line


by C.S. Forester (Author)

Book Cover for A Ship of the Line

   Book 7   
Pages: 292

May 1810, seventeen years deep into the Napoleonic Wars. Captain Horatio Hornblower is newly in command of his first ship of the line, the seventy-four-gun HMS Sutherland, which he deems "the ugliest and least desirable two-decker in the Navy List." Moreover, she is 250 men short of a full crew, so Hornblower must enlist and train "poachers, bigamists, sheepstealers," and other landlubbers. By the time the Sutherland reaches the blockaded Catalonian coast of Spain, the crew is capable of staging five astonishing solo raids against the French. But the grisly prospect of defeat and capture looms for both captain and crew as the Sutherland single-handedly takes on four French ships.

Hornblower Saga Series—Summary and Book Order

Series: Hornblower Saga
Reading level: 12+
Books in series: 12
Read in order? Yes
Next release: Finished
Tags: seafaring  adventure  historical  classic  war 

 Print series book list

Books in series order

1.   Mr Midshipman Hornblower  (1950)
2.   Lieutenant Hornblower  (1952)
3.   Hornblower and the Hotspur  (1962)
4.   Hornblower and the Crisis  (1967)
5.   Hornblower and the Atropos  (1953)
6.   The Happy Return  (1937)
7.   A Ship of the Line  (1938)
8.   Flying Colours  (1938)
9.   Commodore Hornblower  (1945)
10.   Lord Hornblower  (1946)
11.   Hornblower in the West Indies  (1957)
+   Hornblower Companion  (1964)