Deborah Spencer


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Deborah Spencer

The First Enterprize
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The First Enterprise by Author Deborah Spencer.

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The First Enterprize

A Legendary Little Ship with a Storied Name

Spencer traces the full story of this historic ship from its conception and construction in 1799 to its ultimate demise in 1823, when she stranded and broke up on Little Curacao Island in the West Indies.

“History enthusiasts and those with a naval or military background are sure to be immersed in the untold story of this famous ship – a history that includes wars and conflicts in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean and colorful commanders,” said Spencer, a life-long history enthusiast. “I’ve combined a compelling narrative with ship images, battle scenes, portraits of captains and their commodores, along with maps to draw readers into the story.”

The USS EnterpriseSpencer’s narrative follows the ship’s beginnings as tensions grow with France during the Quasi-War with France through a time period where the Barbary State of Tripoli declares war on the United States to the War of 1812. The story culminates with tales of piracy in the Caribbean when bandits preyed on merchant ships and the Enterprize was charged with conducting anti-piracy operations. The word “enterprise,” or “enterprize as it was generally spelled long ago, has been defined as embarking on new ventures with boldness and energy.

“Deborah’s account is such a great read and fills a huge void in the historical record of a ship that is pivotal to our country’s story,” said Chris Schafer, CEO at Tactical 16 Publishing. “Get ready to be thrilled by her detailed descriptions of the battles waged and the commanders who fought so bravely at sea.”

Spencer, who lives in Florida and is the chief technology officer at an advertising technology company, says she has always had a particular fascination for ships named Enterprise. She is originally from Huntsville, Alabama.

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 by A.M. Klatkiewicz
Book Title: The First Enterprize

A fascinating, in-depth look into the storied saga of a lucky little ship’s service in a fledgling navy. This book should be considered a definitive compendium on the subject. Minute details from historical documents are artfully woven into a stirring tale taking place at crucial time in our nation’s adolescence. A fine tribute to the first ship to bear the name Enterprize.

 by Phyllis Varney
Book Title: The First Enterprize

The First Enterprize is an engrossing story of bravery and glory, but also of hardship and treachery in the early American Navy and maritime history.

 by Michael Jett
A Fascinating Glimpse Into Early American History
Book Title: The First Enterprize

The First Enterprize is an engaging read. It’s a fascinating glimpse into early American history through the lens of a small naval ship. As we follow the Enterprize through her journeys we are introduced to a wealth of historical and biographical information. Each chapter provides an in-depth portrayal of her voyages, the captains and crews of the Enterprize, their commanders, the Secretaries of the Navy and even Presidents. The battle scenes are riveting, reading like those in a novel. I found myself engrossed in each chapter and drawn to the next.

 by Josh Gagliardi
A riveting look at the scrappy origins of the United States Navy
Book Title: The First Enterprize

A riveting look at the scrappy origins of the United States Navy in the Age of Sail, courtesy of the first of a legendary line of warships.

 by Enrique Acosta Gonzalez
I was Gripped From the First Page
Book Title: The First Enterprize

Deborah takes readers on an insightful and riveting account of a marvelous ship. I was gripped from the first page. A must for the Navy Reading List. Thank you Deborah!

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