By Dean King

ISBN-10: 0805066152

ISBN-13: 9780805066159

This finished lexicon presents definitions of nautical phrases, ancient entries describing the folks and political occasions that formed the interval, and specified motives of the medical, scientific, and biblical references that seem within the novels.

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In 1805, Lord Barham was the first to assign specific duties to each of the professional Naval Lords, leaving the civil Lords to handle routine business and sign documents. Under the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, the senior official was the First Secretary of the Admiralty. Usually an elected member of the House of Commons, he was the senior civil servant. More often than not, it was the First Secretary who communicated the decisions of the Commissioners to naval officers in the fleet, although from 1783, a Second Secretary assisted in carrying out the administrative burdens of the office.

King Professor of Maritime History at the Naval War College, in Newport, Rhode Island, and Worth Estes, Professor of Pharmacology at Boston University—agreed to contribute essays and review the text. Hattendorf’s “The Royal Navy During the War of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic War” and Estes’s “Stephen Maturin and Naval Medicine in the Age of Sail” are invaluable to anyone who wishes to better understand the Aubrey-Maturin era. Of course, understanding the full meaning of every term O’Brian uses would take the better part of a career.

Originally on the same pay level as Midshipmen, Schoolmasters had their pay raised in 1812. Boatswains, Gunners, and Carpenters. These warrant officers were usually less educated than Masters, Surgeons, and Pursers and were not wardroom officers. Boatswains were specialists in sails, rigging, ground tackle, and the skills associated with cordage, held Admiralty warrants, and were responsible to the Navy Board. Gunners were warranted by the Ordnance Board and were responsible to it for the ships’ guns and ammunition, while Carpenters were primarily concerned with the maintenance of the hull, masts, and yards and were responsible to the Navy Board.

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