Heart of Oak: A Sailor's Life in Nelson's Navy

Heart of Oak A Sailor s Life in Nelson s Navy The extraordinary photography in this book was inspired by the author s reading of Patrick O Brian s Aubrey Maturin novels In small museums along the English coast and in private collections James M

  • Title: Heart of Oak: A Sailor's Life in Nelson's Navy
  • Author: James P. McGuane
  • ISBN: 9780393047493
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The extraordinary photography in this book was inspired by the author s reading of Patrick O Brian s Aubrey Maturin novels In small museums along the English coast, and in private collections, James McGuane has recorded artifacts recovered from shipwrecks and preserved by modern conservation techniques Taken together, these unique treasures provide a window onto the everThe extraordinary photography in this book was inspired by the author s reading of Patrick O Brian s Aubrey Maturin novels In small museums along the English coast, and in private collections, James McGuane has recorded artifacts recovered from shipwrecks and preserved by modern conservation techniques Taken together, these unique treasures provide a window onto the everyday life of sailors and officers in the Royal Navy of the Napoleonic era Thanks to advances in marine archaeology, it is often possible to establish the exact identity of a wrecked warship, along with the date and circumstances of its sinking We are thus provided with a moment frozen in time tools, clothing, utensils, weapons, and fragments of the ship itself startlingly intact These photographs bring home to the reader as words alone cannot what a sailor s life in that time was really like Also photographed here is Admiral Horatio Nelson s flagship HMS Victory, proudly preserved at Portsmouth Victory survived the great fleet action at Trafalgar, where Nelson himself died, and it is still a commissioned ship in the Royal Navy.

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    1. This is a beautiful coffee table book that would be more aptly-titled "A Ship's Life in Nelson's Navy." Every last detail of a ship-of-the-line is chronicled with delicate photography and brief, elegant descriptions, citations, and historical footnotes. The HMS Victory features prominently in this collection as do many other famous ships of war. The emphasis of the book is on craftsmanship, not the gilded trappings of the sea officer. Although fine presentation swords and bullion fridge and sple [...]

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