Able Seamen

The Lower Deck of the Royal Navy, 1850-1939
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Published:January 15, 2012
By Brian Lavery (Author)

Brian Lavery returns with the second volume of his engaging social history of the Royal Navy's 'lower deck.' Able Seamen addresses a range of issues central to the evolution of the seaman through 89 years of change. Readable, engaging and authoritative, it chronicles an important stage in the history of the Royal Navy and illuminates the inherent adaptability of the lower deck, as new technologies demanded increased professionalism, specialization, and training. The book also examines the changing social structure of the Navy, and the great demands made on the Service throughout the British Empire.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Royal Navy
  • Hardback : 368 pages
  • Illustrations: 56 b/w photos
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (January 15, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1591147301
  • ISBN-13: 9781591147305
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 X 9.8 in
  • Shipping Weight: 28.64 oz
  • “Photographs and an appendix are added to enhance the story Lavery tells so well and which includes many other comprehensive aspects of this huge topic. This is a book for all interested in the military to enjoy, an accurate, fascinating book that would serve as an excellent, reliable source for researchers.” —
  • “This is both an important contributor to maritime history and an entertaining and informative look into a fascinating period in naval history — highly recommended.” — Starshell Magazine
  • “Brian Lavery’s Able Seamen adds luster to the author’s sparkling reputation as a scholar and writer.” — Naval History Book Reviews

Brian Lavery is the guest curator of the exhibition Victory 250 at Chatham Historic Dockyard. He has written more than thirty books on maritime history including the highly successful Nelson’s Navy and Empire of the Seas.

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