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British Tars, 1740-1790

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Poseidon’s Curse

28 March 2019

Today's guest post comes from Christopher P. Magra, Professor of Early American History at the University of Tennessee and an expert on naval impressment. His new book Poseidon's Curse:...

The Shipboard Mess: Food, Drink, and Camaraderie

12 March 2019

Deail from 'A view of the Endeavour's watering place in the Bay of Good Success, Tierra del Furgo, with natives. January 1769,' Alexander Buchan, 1769, British Library via Wikimedia...

Langrage and Improvised Projectiles

18 February 2019

Detail from The Battle of Ouessan, James Gillray, 1790, Yale University Lewis Walpole Library.For as long as man has used gunpowder in warfare, he has stuffed whatever would fit...

Wherever the Wind May Take Them: The Universality of Maritime Labor

11 February 2019

The Jovial Crew, Thomas Rowlandson, 1786, Royal Collection Trust.In his book The Wooden World: An Anatomy of the Georgian Navy, N.A.M. Rodger wrote 'Men joined a King's ship or a merchant's...