Jack Tar


War Hero
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I thought I would bring to notice 'Jack Tar' by Roy and Leslie Adkins, Abacus ppbk 2009. Trained as archaeologists, the Adkins have branched out into naval history and have done an amazing job in getting under the skin of Nelson's navy as seen from the lower deck.

I could go on and on about this book but perhaps sufficient to recommend it very strongly to anyone who has served in the RN and wants to know what it was like two hundred years ago.


War Hero
Concur about "Jack Tar" which I've had since 2009, but mine is by Roy and Lesley Adkins.:grin:
I've just finished "Trafalgar" (The Mammoth book of how it happened) by Jon E.Lewis, Robinson paperback,which contains dozens of anecdotes from Admirals to Seamen of both fleets. It's a "bathroom book", pick it up, read a few pages, same again next time. There's also tons of info on fleet dispositions, signals, fleet tonnages and a complete list of ships of the RN 1794.
All in all a fascinating read. Also recently read (Pen and Sword Military Classics) "The Battle of Trafalgar" by Geoffrey Bennett, a very similar book but coming at it from a different angle and also full of anecdotes and interesting facts and figures. Both were on offer from Maritime Books a couple of months ago and might still possibly be in their list.


PS For those interested, Yesterday channel 2100 Monday, "Trafalgar's Unsung Heroes", followed at 2200 by a new series (x6) called "Medieval Dead", examining medieval skeletons.
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