The Female Shipwright

Author: Mary Lacy
Publisher:
ISBN: STANFORD:36105132238721
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

"In 1759, at the age of nineteen, Mary Lacy donned a pair of men's breeches, adopted the name of William Chandler, and went to sea. Her autobiography (first published in 1773) chronicles her seafaring adventures and gives a fascinating insight into the hardships of ordinary sailors in the 18th-century Navy.... Destitution, betrayal and amorous encounters all play a part in this intriguing tale."--Dust jacket.

The Real Jim Hawkins

Author: Roland Pietsch
Publisher: Seaforth Publishing
ISBN: 9781783830671
Release Date: 2011-03-23
Genre: Transportation

Generations of readers have enjoyed the adventures of Jim Hawkins, the young protagonist and narrator in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, but little is known of the real Jim Hawkins and the thousands of poor boys who went to sea in the eighteenth century to man the ships of the Royal Navy. This groundbreaking new work is a study of the origins, life and culture of the boys of the Georgian navy, not of the upper-class children training to become officers, but of the orphaned, delinquent or just plain adventurous youths whose prospects on land were bleak and miserable. Many had no adult at all taking care of them; others were failed apprentices; many were troublesome youths for whom communities could not provide so that the Navy represented a form of ‘floating workhouse’. Some, with ‘restless and roving’ minds, like Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, saw deep sea life as one of adventure, interspersed with raucous periods ashore drinking, singing and womanizing. The author explains how they were recruited; describes the distinctive subculture of the young sailor – the dress, hair, tattoos and language – and their life and training as servants of captains and officers. More than 5,000 boys were recruited during the Seven Years War alone and without them the Royal Navy could not have fought its wars. This is a fascinating tribute to a forgotten band of sailors.

John Clare Society Journal 16 1997

Author: Robert Heyes
Publisher: John Clare Society
ISBN: 095225414X
Release Date: 1997-07-13
Genre:

The official Journal of the John Clare Society, published annually to reflect the interest in, and approaches to, the life and work of the poet John Clare.

John Clare Society Journal 15 1996

Author: Edmund Blunden
Publisher: John Clare Society
ISBN: 0952254131
Release Date:
Genre:

The official Journal of the John Clare Society, published annually to reflect the interest in, and approaches to, the life and work of the poet John Clare.

She Captains

Author: Joan Druett
Publisher:
ISBN: UOM:39015048827557
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Social Science

Tells the stories of women sea captains, pirates, and ship owners from the sixth century B.C. to the nineteenth century