Voyages from the Past

A History of Passengers at Sea

Simon Wills

 
Date Published :
December 2014
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
16-page plate section
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781783036363
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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A social history of sea travel from the passengers’ perspective, encompassing all walks of life and vessels departing from a variety of UK ports. Simon Wills tells the stories of ordinary people who traveled by sea between 1600 and 1940, from early American pioneers to GI brides.

Each chapter focuses on a detailed account of a single voyage from a passenger's perspective, alongside an overview of what sea travel was like in the period. Wills uses their varied experiences to illustrate what life on board ship was like for passengers, from lighthearted stories – the captain who smelled so foul that he put passengers off their food – to darker memories, including those of the man who watched dozens of his fellow travelers die of fever, during one perilous voyage.

About The Author
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Simon Wills is a history journalist and genealogist who writes regularly for magazines such as _Family Tree_ and _Discover your Ancestors_. He advises and has appeared in the TV programme Who Do You Think You Are? and contributes to the magazine of the same name. Simon gives history presentations and interviews at national and local events all around the UK for organisations such as The National Archives, Chalke Valley History Festival, National Trust, and the BBC. He is also a dedicated wildlife and nature photographer, and all the photographs in this book were taken by him.

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