Synopses & Reviews
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 , 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.
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 McGuane is a master photographer and filmmaker as well as a blacksmith and sculptor. His work is frequently informed by things historical and nautical. He divides his time between his home in Greenwich Village, New York City, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.