50 color photos 450 b/w illustrations 7 x 10
* Perfect complement to the fiction of historical novelists such as Patrick O'Brian
* An essential addition to every Nelson enthusiast's library
The fictional exploits of sailors in the Royal Navy have thrilled readers around the world. But to many, the "real world" of Nelson's Navy has remained a mystery until now. Whether looking for a recipe for "spotted dog" or the method for reefing the main topgallant, Nelson enthusiasts will find it in this extraordinary compendium. Every aspect of the Royal Navy is covered-the workings of the admiralty, the designs and building of ships, life on board, food and drink, discipline, seamanship, merchant fleets, and opposing navies-all are explained in succinct texts and illustrated with specially commissioned sketches, maps, and diagrams.
Nicholas Blake is currently an editor at Macmillan (London) where his authors include David Donachie. Richard Lawrence, who illustrated the book, is an accomplished graphic artist and designer who recently co-authored The Period House.