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Dorling Kindersley, 1993 - History - 27 pages
Why did sailors dread being given a "checked shirt?," carve uniform buttons out of cheese, roll cannonballs around the deck? How many women were on board a man-of-war, lashes did a sailor receive for stealing, sailors died of disease and why? Who slept in a cot that doubled as a coffin, got swept off the lavatory by big waves, on board was nicknamed "slushy"? Follow the story of the ship and its crew as this man-of-war sails into battle on the high seas - and find the stowaway!

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User Review  - themulhern - LibraryThing

This is really excellently drawn and a useful reference work. While it is a picture book it is actually not suitable for children as it is straightforward and quite graphic about the brutality and ... Read full review


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In the wake of Stephen Biesty's Incredible Cross-Sections (1992) comes this big, magnificently designed browsers' delight, first (or second?) of a series. The year is 1800; a British fleet sweeps ... Read full review

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Stephen Biesty studied illustration, specializing in historical and architectural drawings. His illustrations are unrivalled for their ambitious scope and extraordinary attention to detail. He lives in Somerset, England, with his wife and son.
Meredith Hooper grew up in Australia, but went to the U.K. to do a post-graduate degree in history at Oxford. She is the author of many remarkable works for children, including "Who Built the Pyramid?" (Candlewick Press) and "Endurance: Shackleton's Perilous Expedition in Antarctica" (Abbeville Kids), plus twenty additional titles in BIP. Her books have been acclaimed for the way they distill a wealth of research into writing which is both simple and powerful. Meredith lives in London with her family.

Richard Platt is the award-winning auther of "Castle Diary" and "Pirate Diary,"

Manuela Cappon is a member of the MM Communicazione illustration studio based in Florence, Italy.

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