Tag Archives: British Navy

Origin of a Sea Shantie: “What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?”

“What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?” was a work song, mainly sung on ships with a large number of crewmen. According to Song Facts, it is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon sea shanties, one sung by the Indiamen … Continue reading

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Frigates, Treasure, Snobbery, and Jane Austen, Guest Post by Antoine Vanner

In October 2016 when Antoine Vanner posted this piece on his Dawlish Chronicles blog, I asked his permission to repost it here. At the time, he asked me to wait for a bit. Well, as they say, one thing led … Continue reading

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Do Jane Austen’s Novels Reveal Her View of Slavery? a Guest Post from Collins Hemingway

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors, but I thought many of you would also find it interesting. In Part I of this series, Collins Hemingway also speaks of England efforts to abolish the slave trade. You may read it … Continue reading

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Press Gangs in the Regency Era

Press gangs operated in England from medieval times, but during the war years the “tradition” was increased. In fact, the pressing of free men into military service was considered a royal prerogative. Pressgangs claimed many innocents who stumbled into the … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s Love of the British Navy

In referring to the cult-like following of those who extolled all things involving Admiral Horatio Nelson, Jane Austen once wrote, “I am sick of Nelson.” Yet, the author always appreciated the lives of men in the Royal Navy. Two of … Continue reading

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Georgian Celebrity: Captain James Cook, Part 2: Cook’s Voyages

This post continues the one from yesterday, which introduced Captain James Cook. Voyages of Exploration First Voyage (1768–71)                 In 1766 the Royal Society engaged Cook to travel to the Pacific Ocean to … Continue reading

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The Admiralty: Command of the Royal Navy

The Admiralty was the authority responsible for the command of the Royal Navy in the Kingdom of England, and later in Great Britain and until 1964 in the United Kingdom. Originally exercised by a single person, the Lord High Admiral, … Continue reading

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