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Royal Tars: The Lower Deck of the Royal Navy, 875-1850

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Brian Lavery, one of the pre-eminent historians of the Royal Navy, turns his acute and wide-ranging analytical eye on to its lower deck' the world of the seamen as distinct from the officers of the quarterdeck'. If not totally overlooked in the grand narratives of the Senior Service the lower deck is often only noticed when it is a problem. Seamen are difficult to recruit, ...more
Hardcover, 383 pages
Published January 15th 2011 by US Naval Institute Press (first published August 1st 2010)
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I found the book to be too academic for my taste. There was a lot of fascinating information but it was rather spread out and the writing was flat. I recommend it only to those with a deep interest in the subject.
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Brian Lavery is a British naval historian, author, and Curator Emeritus at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.