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Heart of Oak James McGuane

Heart of Oak

James McGuane

Published November 4th 2002
ISBN : 9780641599101
Hardcover
192 pages
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From tar-ladles and snuff-boxes to sailmakers fids and carronades: a gorgeous photographic essay on Jack Aubreys world.The extraordinary photography in this book was inspired by the authors reading of Patrick OBrians Aubrey/Maturin novels. InMoreFrom tar-ladles and snuff-boxes to sailmakers fids and carronades: a gorgeous photographic essay on Jack Aubreys world.The extraordinary photography in this book was inspired by the authors reading of Patrick OBrians Aubrey/Maturin novels. In small museums along the English coast, and in private collections, McGuane has recorded artifacts recovered from shipwrecks and preserved by modern conservation techniques. Taken together, these unique treasures provide a window onto the everyday life of sailors and officers in the Royal Navy of the Napoleonic era.Thanks to advances in marine archaeology, it is often possible to establish the exact identity of a wrecked warship, along with the date and circumstances of its sinking. We are thus provided with a moment frozen in time: tools, clothing, utensils, weapons, and fragments of the ship itself startlingly intact.Also photographed here is Admiral Horatio Nelsons flagship HMS Victory, proudly preserved at Portsmouth. Victory survived the great fleet action at Trafalgar, as Nelson himself did not, and is still a commissioned ship in the Royal Navy. 280 color illustrations and photographs.Author Biography: James P. McGuane lives in New York City.