Forgotten Songs and Stories of the Sea

Caroline Rochford

* Beautiful Victorian illustrations and engravings depicting seaside and nautical scenes

* A collection of nineteenth-century poems and songs about the sea, covering topics

* A selection of true maritime stories that have become forgotten with the passing of time
Date Published :
March 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
100 black and white illustrations
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473878655
Pages : 264
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Stirring tales of heroism at sea have been ingrained in the annals of maritime history since time immemorial. Christopher Columbus’s discovery of the New World, Queen Elizabeth I’s defeat of the Spanish Armada, and Horatio Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar are just some of Britain’s most memorable naval triumphs. But what about the lesser-known tales from our seafaring past? The Victorian who invented a swimming machine in order to cross the English Channel; the capture of a ‘real-life’ mermaid; the lost pirate treasure of Alborán; the ghost of a murdered sailor who still haunts the streets of Portsmouth; and the daring explorers who vanished into the blue yonder, leaving behind nothing but a cryptic message in a champagne bottle – these are just some of our quirky naval stories that have been chronicled in verse and archived in newspaper clippings, and forgotten with the passage of time. Historian and genealogist Caroline Rochford has compiled 200 traditional songs and stories into this book, which offers an exciting, entertaining and eye-opening glimpse into our long lost maritime past.

About The Author

Caroline Rochford is a Yorkshire-born author, having written Great Victorian Inventions (2014), Great Victorian Discoveries (2015) and In a Guardsman’s Boots (2016). She and her historian husband, Michael J. Rochford, are directors of the genealogy company Heir Line Ltd (, researching family trees for clients from all over the world and writing about the incredible discoveries they unearth. Caroline has always had an interest in naval history, being descended from a long line of merchant sea captains. As a child she was regaled with stories of her ancestors’ many adventures on the ocean waves; and after discovering a collection of maritime poems in an antique shop, she was inspired to write a book about long forgotten songs and stories of the sea.

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