This book begins the career of Tom Kydd, wigmaker and pressed man. It also establishes the character of Renzi. In the first book, Stockwin introduces Tom Kydd at the point he is taken away from his home and family by the press gang. It follows him through his time on his first ship, an aging 100 gun line of battle ship HMS Duke William, the “Royal Billy”. As a pressed man with no previous experience as a sailor, Kydd is rated Landsman, the lowest of the low aboard. Equivalent fictional heroes begin as Midshipmen, officer cadets roughly equivalent in the pecking order to Petty Officers. By good fortune, Kydd joins a mess where a seasoned sailor sees his potential and helps him begin the dizzying climb, literally as he learns to man the masts and handle the sails, that will see him succeed and prosper

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