This issue, we’re giving away three copies of How to Survive in the Georgian Navy: a sailor’s guide, courtesy of Osprey.

Rigidly organised and harshly disciplined, the Georgian Royal Navy was an orderly and efficient fighting force that played a major role in Great Britain’s wars of the 18th and early 19th centuries.

This concise, well illustrated and beautifully presented book explores what it was like to be a sailor in the Georgian Navy in the period from 1714 to 1820, the time of Captain Cook and Admiral Nelson. It examines the Navy within its wider historical, national, organisational, and military context, and reveals exactly what it took to survive a life in its service.

Exploring a breadth of themes, ranging from exploration to mutiny, storms, shipwrecks, and women on board ships, this ‘Sailor’s Guide’ uses extracts from contemporary documents and writings preserved in the National Archives to reconstruct the lives of the Navy’s officers and sailors, bringing their experiences to life in vivid detail.

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