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Hardback:Able seamen : the lower deck of the Royal Navy, 1850-1939 / Brian Lavery.:2011 Hardback Able seamen : the lower deck of the Royal Navy, 1850-1939 / Brian Lavery.
Able seamen : the lower deck of the Royal Navy, 1850-1939 / Brian Lavery.
Author: Lavery, Brian.
Publication year: 2011
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Conway,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781844861408 (hbk.) : 1844861406 (hbk.) :
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Extent: 352 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), port. ; 25 cm.
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Brian Lavery returns with the second volume of his social history of the Royal Navy's 'lower deck' - the world of the seamen as distinct from the officers of the 'quarterdeck'. He examines the world of the late Victorian navy & beyond, charting the evolution of the seaman through 160 years of change to his place in the modern Royal Navy.

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A history of the state of the lower deck 1850 to 1939. This covers the period of rapid change due to steam, armour and the iron hulled ship, the decline of the sailing seaman, the rise and later decline of the stoker, the development of signals technology and signals ratings, the arrival of the torpedoman and the sonar operator. The changes in the roles of ratings are vast. At the same time parallel social changes affected the supply of naval ratings, complicated by the changing requirements of the Navy for manpower. An illuminating study which furthers understanding of the Royal Navy of the late Victorian and eary 20th century eras.
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