Title: Jack Nastyface: Memoirs of an English Seaman
Publisher: Wayland (Publishers) Ltd
Book Condition: Very Good
0853403317 Very Good Condition. Five star seller - Buy with confidence!. Bookseller Inventory # Z0853403317Z2
Synopsis: William Robinson, whose pseudonym may well have been his lower-deck nickname, volunteered for naval service in May 1805. This was in itself unusual by this time, but, rather more true to form, he eventually deserted in 1811. However, in his six years as an ordinary seaman he saw much action, including fighting at Trafalgar in the 74-gun "Revenge" - and less gloriously at the controversial Basque Roads attack, and the disastrous invasion of Walcheren in 1809. His experiences were probably typical of a Channel Fleet sailor of those years, and Robinson's descriptions are particularly valuable because, while he was an intelligent observer, he never became embittered by the harsh conditions, so his account is balanced and credible. First published in 1836, when naval memoirs were becoming fashionable, Nastyface was the sole witness from the lower deck, all previous books being the products of officers. It offers a subtly different view of naval warfare from that seen on the quarterdeck, and - not surprisingly - has far more to say about the routine of shipboard organisation and, in particular, the fierce disciplinary regime, with its range of draconian punishments.
About the Author: Little is known about William Robinson beyond the details of his naval career set out in this book, but these have been verified from surviving records.
This bookseller accepts the following methods of payment:
AbeBooks Bookseller Since: November 10, 2009
We guarantee the condition of every book as it's described on the Abebooks web
sites. If you're dissatisfied with your purchase (Incorrect Book/Not as
Described/Damaged) or if the order hasn't arrived, you're eligible for a refund
within 30 days of the estimated delivery date. If you've changed your mind about
a book that you've ordered, please use the Ask bookseller a question link to
contact us and we'll respond within 2 business days.
We package all our items in secure new packaging and we always ship within 48 hours.
Store Description: Welcome to Hawking Books. We ship six days a week and your satisfaction is guaranteed.