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Sons of the Waves:The Common Seaman in the Historic Age of Sail


In this exhilarating account, ordinary seamen are far from the hapless sufferers of the press gangs. Proud and spirited, learned in their own fashion, with robust opinions and the courage to challenge overweening authority, they stand out from their less adventurous compatriots. Stephen Taylor draws on published and unpublished memoirs, letters, and naval records, including court-martials and petitions, to present these men in their own words.

By Stephen Taylor, Published by Yale University Press, 2020, 416 pages, softcover.