ADKINS, Ray. ADKINS, Lesley. NELSON).
Title: Jack Tar : Life in Nelson's Navy. 1st pbk.
Publisher:  Abacus, London, 2009, ISBN:9780349120348
Seller ID: 94906
ADKINS, Ray and Lesley. Jack Tar : Life in Nelson's Navy. [Front cover adds: "The extraordinary lives of ordinary seamen in Nelson's navy"]. (London):Abacus, (2009). First Paperback Printing. Pp. [i]-l,-429,(1), + 16 p. o f plates. Illustrated. 8vo, illustrated cream card covers with blue and redlettering to front and spine. "When Lord Nelson was born 250 years ago, th e navy for which he sacrificed his life depended on one thing above all else -- the thousands of sailors and marines who manned the great wind-poweredwooden warships. These ordinary men were drawn -- often unwillingly -- fro m all over Britain and beyond, and they made the Royal Navy invincible through skill, courage and sheer determination. 'Jack Tar' gives these forgotten men a voice in an enthralling picture of what their life was really like during this age of sail. Letters, diaries and other manuscripts reveal how they lived, worked, fought and died on board the warships. Their emotions and experiences are explored, from the dread of press-gangs and shipwreck, to the exhilaration of battle, grog, prize-money and prostitutes." - from the rear cover. Very good. 12.50