The Sailor’s Word Book

B1582

 

The author completed this book in 1865. It was a major undertaking during his final years to produce a digest of the knowledge gained in a lifetime of naval service.. In 1858 at the age of 70 he embarked on the creation of the Sailor's Word Book and completed the work in 1865, dying in that year before the book was published. This book is highly recommended for all who wish to understand the naval world before 1865.

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NAME: The Sailor's Word Book
CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
FILE: R1583
DATE: 250110
AUTHOR: Admiral W H Smyth
PUBLISHER: Conway
BINDING: Soft back
PAGES: 744
PRICE: GB £12.99
GENRE: Non fiction
SUBJECT: Nautical, naval, terms, descriptions, lexicon, maritime, pre 1865, O'Bryan, Jack Aubrey, age of sail, wooden battleship
ISBN: 978-0-85177-972-0
IMAGE: B1583.jpg
LINKS: http://tinyurl.com/
DESCRIPTION: The author completed this book in 1865. It was a major undertaking during his final years to produce a digest of the knowledge gained in a lifetime of naval service. It is a unique work and it is difficult to categorize. In modern terms we might think of it a dictionary dedicated to words in maritime and naval use. As it is now an historic document nearly a century and a half old it is not a comprehensive work for today. It contains the knowledge of the days of sail and wooden battleships mounting batteries of muzzle loaded iron guns. When it was written, the author intended his knowledge to be useful to a new generation of naval officers where today it is a time capsule of language. It will be extremely useful to anyone researching the naval period in the years before 1865. Patrick O'Brian used it as an essential lexicon in writing the fictional tales of Jack Aubrey. For anyone with an interest in naval history this will be a fascinating look into a world long gone and yet with terms still in current usage not only in maritime discussion but in general usage. The author gave most of his service to surveying in the Mediterranean. He was President of the Royal Geographical Society between 1849 and 1851. In 1858 at the age of 70 he embarked on the creation of the Sailor's Word Book and completed the work in 1865, dying in that year before the book was published. This book is highly recommended for all who wish to understand the naval world before 1865.

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