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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2020 9:11 p.m. PST

"The full experience of life aboard a man o' war in Aubrey's Royal Navy is not something that can be easily summed up in a short article. It's not something that can be easily summed up in 20 novels, though Patrick O'Brian gives us an incredible window into that world long past. However, this introductory article does an admirable job of presenting a jumping-off point from which one might get one's bearings, so to speak, in Aubrey's world.

Winston Churchill, it is said, uttered the immortal phrase: ‘Naval tradition? Monstrous! Nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash!' But by the time he came to reflect on the subject, the reality of life at sea in the late 18th and early 19th century had long passed from human memory. In the intervening years, it had been recreated by a series of graphic first-hand accounts and then distilled into an accepted wisdom by the poet John Masefield in his classic 1905 book Sea Life in Nelson's Time…"
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Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2020 10:44 a.m. PST

Very good!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2020 10:04 a.m. PST

Happy you enjoyed it my friend! (smile)


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