About this Product
Using descriptions from contemporary documents and writings, this concise book explores what it was like to be a sailor in the Georgian Navy of the later 18th and early 19th centuries. It looks at how a seaman could join the Royal Navy, including the notorious 'press gangs'; what was meant by 'learning the ropes' - it was just that in fact; 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. There is also material on how to spot the signs of an impending mutiny and the kind of scientific observation and experimentation that could be carried out on board.
The National Archives at Kew is the repository for the UK's documentation. A team of specialist archivists will provide advice and support to put this book together in a lively format.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).