Lewis, Michael


1st.ed., 1965. 287 pp., 23 photo & other plates. D.j. 22 x 14cm. FINE. Professor Lewis provides an absorbing social study of the Royal Navy from 1814 - the eve of victory in the long struggle with Napoleon – to 1864 when ships like the WARRIOR were replacing the old wooden walls. The years in between are among the most important in naval history, largely perceived as years of peace, the Royal Navy nevertheless fought in China, Russia, and in a dozen lesser conflicts as well as working endlessly to suppress the slave trade. This was also a period of unequalled change, not just in ship and armament design – although these were undergoing continuous experimentation – but also in the daily lives of naval officers and ratings. The author concentrates mainly on this social aspect, describing the redundancy and half-pay problems of 1815, the slump from 1818 to 1848 ; training, education, pay, hygiene, dress, food, drink, care of the sick & wounded and the introduction of steam engineers into naval crews brought up on sail. FINE copy.

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