ebooks and download videos Search All  Title  Author 
Home / Nonfiction / Transportation / Ships & Shipbuilding / History

The Real Jim Hawkins: Ships' Boys in the Georgian Navy

| £20.00 | €22.49 | Ca$32.44 | Au$32.02
by Roland Pietsch
What is this?DRM-EPUB | by download   add to wish list
The Real Jim Hawkins: Ships' Boys in the Georgian Navy by Roland Pietsch

Generations of readers have enjoyed the adventures of Jim Hawkins, the young protagonist and narrator in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, but little is known of the real Jim Hawkins and the thousands of poor boys who went to sea in the eighteenth century to man the ships of the Royal Navy. This groundbreaking new work is a study of the origins, life and culture of the boys of the Georgian navy, not of the upper-class children training to become officers, but of the orphaned, delinquent or just plain adventurous youths whose prospects on land were bleak and miserable. Many had no adult at all taking care of them; others were failed apprentices; many were troublesome youths for whom communities could not provide so that the Navy represented a form of 'floating workhouse'. Some, with 'restless and roving' minds, like Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, saw deep sea life as one of adventure, interspersed with raucous periods ashore drinking, singing and womanizing. The author explains how they were recruited; describes the distinctive subculture of the young sailor - the dress, hair, tattoos and language - and their life and training as servants of captains and officers. More than 5,000 boys were recruited during the Seven Years War alone and without them the Royal Navy could not have fought its wars. This is a fascinating tribute to a forgotten band of sailors.

To view this DRM protected ebook on your desktop or laptop you will need to have Adobe Digital Editions installed. It is a free software. We also strongly recommend that you sign up for an AdobeID at the Adobe website. For more details please see FAQ 1&2. To view this ebook on an iPhone, iPad or Android mobile device you will need the Adobe Digital Editions app, or BlueFire Reader or Txtr app. These are free, too. For more details see this article.

SHARE  Share by Email  Share on Facebook  Share on Twitter  Share on Linked In  Share on Delicious
or call in the US toll free 1-888-866-9150 product ID: 719001

Ebook Details
Pages: 208
Size: 25.7 MB
Publisher: Seaforth Publishing
Date published:   2011
ISBN: 9781783830671 (DRM-EPUB)

DRM Settings
Copying:of 5 selections every 5 days allowed
Printing:of 5 pages every 5 days allowed
Read Aloud:  not allowed

This product is listed in the following category:

Nonfiction > Transportation > Ships & Shipbuilding > History

If you find anything wrong with this product listing, perhaps the description is wrong, the author is incorrect, or it is listed in the wrong category, then please contact us. We will promptly address your feedback.

Submit 5 page SummaryWhat is this?

© 2016