This book gives a detailed and authentic account of the life and experiences of French warship crews from the French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802) up to Trafalgar. It describes the recruitment and composition of crews, the different duties performed and the living conditions they had to endure at sea. Their experiences of fighting the British are covered in depth; from preparing the ship for action, to the violent discharges of heavy calibre guns, the often gruesome realities of sea warfare are revealed through pictures and contemporary testimonies.
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Table of Contents
Introduction · Chronology · Maritime France · The men of the sea · Life at sea · Discipline & punishment · The experience of battle · Life in captivity · Colour plate commentary · Index