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The Merchant Navy


by Richard Woodman

This title tells the epic story of Britain’s merchant shipping, carrying exotic goods from all quarters of the world. At one time, British ships carried half of the world’s trade. The origins of the Merchant Navy can be traced back as far as the first half of the sixteenth century when, under Henry VIII, England began to flex her muscles as a potential maritime power. This book describes those early days and goes on to reveal how two world wars nearly destroyed our merchant shipping, but convoys battled on to save Britain from starving to death. We see what life was like at sea for merchant seamen and get a firsthand glimpse of them at work. By no means a comprehensive account, but a very well-written and engaging book that highlights the importance of Britain’s mercantile marine. Highly recommended. 56 pages, illustrated with colour and b&w photographs and paintings.

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