Voices from the lower deck of the navy, sumptuous ship pictures, a slave captain's memoir
First is a new offering from renowned naval historian Brian Lavery, who made his mark as a curator at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Called Royal Tars, The Lower Deck of the Royal Navy, 875-1850, it covers nearly a millenium of ordinary seamen's experiences. Giving the lower deck a voice is an enormous achievement, but Lavery has already, with his fine earlier books, proved he is up to the challenge.
First Rate: The Greatest Warships of the Age of Sail by Rif Winfield is a richly illustrated book recently released by Seaforth Publishing in the UK and the Naval Institute Press in North America. Buy it for the illustrations, keep it for the text – the quality of Rif Winfield’s work is well known.