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Publisher: NUS Press
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  • About the Author
  • The Nemesis was the first of a generation of iron-clad, steam-powered naval vessels that established British dominance in Asian waters in the nineteenth century. The world’s first iron warship, the first vessel with truly watertight compartments, and the first iron vessel to round the Cape of Good Hope, Nemesis represented a staggering superiority over the oar- and sail-powered naval forces of Britain’s Asian rivals. Yet strangely her story has never been told to modern audiences, and her origins and actions have until now been shrouded in mystery. This lively narrative places her in the historical context of the last years of the East India Company, and in the history of steam power and iron ships. It tells of her exploits in the First Opium War, in pirate suppression and naval actions across Asia, from Bombay to Burma to the Yangtze River and beyond.

  • "[Marshall] provides a balanced view of the [Opium] war, allotting both sides praise and blame and avoiding the popular 'Chinese good, foreigner bad' account .... the impact of steam and iron on the British Empire is all here. Every nut and bolt of it."
    -Peter Neville-Hadley, The Wall Street Journal

  • Adrian G. Marshall is a retired academic and the author of The Singapore Letters of Benjamin Cook 1854–1855.

ISBN: 9789971698225
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 392
Year Published: 2015
Size: 229mm x 152mm