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How to Survive in the Georgian Navy

A Sailor's Guide

Bruno Pappalardo



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04 March 2019
History; Military history; Naval forces & warfare; Military & naval ships
Rigidly organised and harshly disciplined, the Georgian Royal Navy was an orderly and efficient fighting force which played a major role in Great Britain's wars of the 18th and early 19th centuries. This concise book explores what it was like to be a sailor in the Georgian Navy - focusing on the period from 1714 to 1820, this book examines the Navy within its wider historical, national, organisational and military context, and reveals exactly what it took to survive a life in its service. It looks at how a seaman could join the Royal Navy, including the notorious 'press gangs'; what was meant by 'learning the ropes'; and the severe punishments that could be levied for even minor misdemeanours as a result of the Articles of War. Military tactics, including manning the guns and tactics for fending off pirates are also revealed, as is the problem of maintaining a healthy diet at sea - and the steps that sailors themselves could take to avoid the dreaded scurvy. Covering other fascinating topics as wide-ranging as exploration, mutiny, storms, shipwrecks, and women on board ships, this 'Sailor's Guide' explores the lives of the Navy's officers and sailors, using extracts from contemporary documents and writings to reconstruct their experiences in vivid detail.
By:   Bruno Pappalardo
Imprint:   Osprey
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 180mm,  Width: 120mm, 
Weight:   223g
ISBN:   9781472830876
ISBN 10:   1472830873
Pages:   144
Publication Date:   04 March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Bruno Pappalardo is the Principal Records Specialist (Naval) at The National Archives. He is the author of Tracing Your Naval Ancestors (PRO, 2002) and the National Archives website Nelson, Trafalgar and Those Who Served(2005). He also contributed to and was the naval records consultant for Tales from the Captain's Log (2017). The National Archives at Kew is the repository for the UK's documentation. A team of specialist archivists have provided advice and support to put this book together in a lively format.

Reviews for How to Survive in the Georgian Navy: A Sailor's Guide

Packed with great facts and a multitude of figures this is a very engaging little book and wherever you dip into, you will find it very hard to put it down. * Model Boats * A jolly good read for history buffs and is full of useful, interesting and distracting information about the Royal Navy during the Georgian period. * Warship World *

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