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British Tars, 1740-1790

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'A Sail to make a Tent of'

28 May 2019

Early last year, follower Tom Apple was reading through a post by Norman Fuss on The Journal of the American Revolution about a painting depicting the British view of Yorktown in 1781.[1]...

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...