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Deborah Spencer


Deborah Spencer

Deborah Spencer, Author, The First Enterprise. Tactical 16 Publishing.

Deborah Spencer

Born on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, Deborah Spencer’s interest in American history began with her father’s stories of various base assignments that included Pearl Harbor where she first heard the name Enterprise. Her discovery of the TV series Star Trek as a youth solidified her interest in the name.

Later Deborah’s brother, a NASA scientist, took her to see the International Space Station mockup at the Marshall Space flight Center.  Like her brother, Deborah embarked on a career in science.  She studied computer science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville while interning at a fortune 500 company.

That path led Deborah to her current position as the chief technology officer with an Orlando, Florida based advertising technology company founded by Army veterans.

In her book, The First Enterprize, 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.

The First Enterprize by Deborah Spencer. Tactical 16 Books.Spencer’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.

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The First Enterprize by author Deborah Spencer. Tactical 16 Publishing.

The First Enterprize


3 reviews for The First Enterprize

  1. Michael Jett

    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.

  2. Josh Gagliardi

    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.

  3. Enrique Acosta Gonzalez

    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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