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BookPick: Nelson, Navy & Nation

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] This book celebrates the Royal Navy and the British People 1688-1815. As you can imagine, a subject dear to my heart! With an introduction by N A M Rodger, it looks at the […]

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BookPick: The Lifeboat, Courage on Our Coasts

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] The Royal national Lifeboat Institution is a venerable charity which I hold in the highest regard. And in this day and age, when people often seem so self-centred, it’s still manned by volunteers […]

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BookPick: The Transformation of British Naval Strategy

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] After the Battle of Trafalgar, the Royal Navy continued to be the major arm of British strategy in the war against Napoleon, yet as late as 1807 fleets were forced from their stations […]

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BookPick: The British Navy, Economy and Society in the Seven Years War

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] William Thompson, a former foreman cooper in the Victualling Board, wrote in a work published in 1761: ‘Seamen in the King’s Ships have made buttons for their Jacketts and Trowses [sic] with the […]

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BookPick: Anatomy of the Ship

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] The ‘Anatomy of the Ship’ series was first published by Conway (an imprint of Anova Books) in hardback a few years back and I snatched up (and still regularly consult) all of the […]

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BookPick: Conquest of the Ocean

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] Brian Lavery certainly brings impeccable credentials to this work having held posts at Chatham Historic Dockyard and the National Maritime Museum, where he is currently a Curator Emeritus. He has the ability to […]

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BookPick: Jane Austen’s England

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] A revealing and spirited account of life ashore in Kydd’s day. Following on from their fascinating accounts of Jack Tar at sea, Roy and Lesley Adkins vividly portray fascinating aspects of the daily […]

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