Before the Mast: Naval Ratings of the 19th Century.



Publisher: Arrow Books
Place Published: London,
Description: Very good.
Date Published: 1972.

A vivid picture of the British Navy, at the peak of its power, from an entirely unfamiliar point-of-view, the lower deck, the world of the ordinary seaman, told largely in the words of the men themselves, using journals, diaries and letters, with a linked authorial commentary. A sequel to the author’s “From the Lower Deck”, carrying the narrative from the 1840s to the end of the century. Illustrated with b/w plates. Postage within Australia for this small/light book is set at $2 ($5 overseas), so please disregard the site default rate.

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