- ISBN/SKU: 9781848320680
- Binding: Hardcover (USAC)
- Era: 19th Century
- Number of Pages: 224
- Subject: Autobiography
- Date Available: February 2011
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In 1803, at the age of fourteen, Robert Hay joined the Royal Navy and spent the next eight years at sea. His colorful memoir describes a sailor's hard life during the period and includes actions off the French coast and in the East Indies, where he was badly wounded. When his ship ran aground off Plymouth, he deserted but was quickly taken by a press gang, escaped, and eventually reached home in Scotland. A talented writer, Hay offers not only an entertaining yarn, but thoughtful observations of early nineteenth-century naval life and the human condition.
Robert Hay was born in Scotland in 1789 and died there in 1847. After writing about his experiences at sea, he became a journalist.
Praise for Landsman Hay
“[Hay’s] memoirs offer a fresh and vivid view of lower deck life in Nelson’s navy. Hay’s is a classic coming-of-age story, as the country lad experiences the world and vagaries of fortune. Throughout, Hay is a keen observer of human nature and the different cultures he encounters, and displays remarkable sensitivity to both. The rich language of Hay’s recollections is enlivened by anecdotes, by turns humorous and tragic, to form a charming volume sure to appeal to naval historians as well as any interested in Georgian life…Reaching across two centuries, one is drawn in by the honest and authentic voice of [the] narrator. Initially intended only for his children, we too are lucky to share in the life of Landsman Hay.”
— Nautical Research Journal, Autumn 2012