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Heart of Oak a Sailors Life in Nelsons Nby James P Mcguane
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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 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.
Book News Annotation:
This photographic essay of common objects found aboard the ships in Admiral Horatio Nelson's fleet provides insight into the everyday life of Royal Navy sailors and officers of the napoleonic era. McGuane provides insightful descriptions and artful photographs of artifacts recovered from wrecked warships and preserved by modern conservation techniques, including tools, clothing, utensils, weapons, and fragments of the vessels. The book also includes photographs of Nelson's flagship preserved at Portsmouth where it remains a commissioned ship in the Royal Navy. Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels inspired McGuane's research. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Inspired by Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey/Maturin novels, this is a collection of photographs from small museums & private collections around Britain. These treasures provide a window onto the life of sailors and officers in the Royal Navy of the Napoleonic era.
From tar-ladles and snuff-boxes to sailmaker's fids and carronades: a gorgeous photographic essay onthe nautical worlds of Jack Aubrey.
About the Author
James P. McGuane lives in New York City.
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