Who was responsible for designing the Admiral Popov, a circular Russian ironclad that wouldn't steer straight? Why did Lord Anson set out to circumnavigate the world with a crew of Chelsea pensioners? And why did Vice-Admiral Tryon order the dangerous fleet maneuver that resulted in his own flagship being rammed and sunk? Geoffrey Regan explores such questions in these intriguing accounts of the misjudgments and oversights of captains, fleet commanders, strategic planners, and ship designers across two millennia of naval warfare. The author of more than 40 books and a series consultant for British television's Great Military Blunders, Regan has made a specialty of examining military miscalculations.