1st.ed., 2001. 376 pp., 21 photo & other plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. Drawing on a mass of contemporary material spanning four millennia, the author describes the social and professional world of the merchant seaman. He recalls the sort of sailor that has gone forever, examining his exotic but uncertain life afloat and ashore. A total of 24 chapters include : Outward Bound 1440-1505. The First Elizabethans 1561-1581. Privateers 1589-1596. Seaman and Surgeon 1669-1689. The Manila Ship 1689-1709. God Help Sailors! 1785-1815. Sail & Steam 1835-1860. Last of the Windjammers 1885-1910. War & Peace 1935-1960. The End of Poor Jack 1960-2000. Etc. The story is told through contemporary anecdote and in the seamen’s own words.