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British Tars, 1740-1790

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Book Review: Warships in the Age of Sail

1 July 2018

Two things I want to get out of the way right off the bat: I highly recommend this series, and it is not for everyone.Rif Winfield has done a phenomenal job with the shockingly huge...


19 June 2018

Sea Captains Carousing in Surinam, John Greenwood, c. 1752-1758, Saint Louis Art Museum.Shanties aren't really a thing in the eighteenth century.Hear me out.I love shanties. Back when...

Untitled Print, 176

12 June 2018

Untitled print, Paul Sandby, 1762, British Museum.Thanks again to follower Adam Hodges-LeClaire for pointing this piece out to me.The curators of the British Museum, in the catalog...

A Revengeful Stick

5 June 2018

Detail from British Resentment or the French fairly Coopt at Louisbourg, Louis Pierre Boitard, 1755, John Carter Brown Library of Early American Images.There are a lot of things...