Sons of the Waves - The Common Seaman in the Heroic Age of Sail
Sons of the Waves is a brilliant narrative where Stephen Taylor skillfully demonstrates how sailors were the engine of British prosperity and expansion and gave voice to many ordinary seamen through published and unpublished memoirs, letters, and naval records.
In this exhilarating account, ordinary seamen are far from the hapless sufferers of the press gangs. Proud and spirited, learned in their fashion, with robust opinions and the courage to challenge overweening authority, they stand out from their less adventurous compatriots.
From exploring the South Seas with Cook to establishing the East India Company as a global corporation, from the sea battles that made Britain a superpower to the crisis of the 1797 mutinies, these "sons of the waves" held the nation’s destiny in their calloused hands.
- 528 Pages
- Size: 196 mm x 127 mm
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