by Peter Earle - £8.99 Methuen Publishing Ltd (2007)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780413776341 | ISBN 10: 0413776344
A lively historical exploration of the lives of English sailors in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when England dominated the world in commerce and naval power.
Drawing on primary documents and diaries, Peter Earle explores every aspect of the sailor's life: conditions of service, wealth and possessions, life aboard ships, the perils of sea, discipline and punishment, sickness, desertion, mutiny and mortality, and the role of the sailor in wartime.
Shipboard life was not all doom and gloom, storms and tyranny, and this books shows the complex relationship which Englishmen have had with the sea and wonders "how any man can be such a lubber to stay at land."
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