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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 188–215.
Published: 01 April 2023
...Bridget Keegan The essay examines the history of poetry written by sailors from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. William Falconer's The Shipwreck (1762, 1764 and 1769) inspired many seamen to turn poet and to write about their experiences at sea. Falconer's influence is seen in how...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 13–45.
Published: 01 April 2023
... as a proficient sailor and sea-scientist, who produced the marine dictionary that remained the standard work until the end of the era of the sailing ship. As Forrest points out, the sea life may well have features “unfavourable” to self-improvement. An ordinary or able-bodied seaman would have only a sea...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 261–272.
Published: 01 April 2023
... broadsides or poems appearing in magazines or newspapers would expand the bibliography substantially. Many authors included below, who began their careers as common sailors like Falconer and who found their way into print, have been selected from Goodridge's work. Since the navy and the merchant marine...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 87–105.
Published: 01 April 2023
...Julia Banister One month after the publication of his poem on merchant seafaring, The Shipwreck (1762), William Falconer left merchant sailing to become a junior officer in the Royal Navy. In the midcentury, many commentators believed that the Royal Navy's sailors were superior to merchant sailors...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 106–133.
Published: 01 April 2023
... impressing on non-sailors in his readership what is perhaps the central experience of sea travel in the sailing age: the dull passage of vast stretches of time against an unvaried backdrop of sea and sky. This essay considers how Falconer narrativizes the voyage in his poem and balances the competing demands...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 46–65.
Published: 01 April 2023
...Suvir Kaul Falconer's The Shipwreck (1762) contains substantial passages in which the poet surveys the Greco-Roman cities and ruins visible to sailors as they sail past landmasses in the Mediterranean. This survey of past and present is a reminder of the changing fortunes—the rise and fall...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (1): 21–46.
Published: 01 January 2021
...Shef Rogers This essay clarifies the bibliographical history of the three published accounts of the sufferings of a Dutch sailor abandoned on Ascension Island in 1726 for sodomy, but is ultimately less concerned with what actually happened than with how the story was represented in each of three...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 66–86.
Published: 01 April 2023
... representations of the desperate struggle for life aboard that distant ship. In Falconer's best-selling poem, the speaker frets over the challenge of making remote, unseen sailors present to readers on land. To meet this challenge, the goddess Memory must fly “o'er th'immensity of space” (A, 1:116). 1 Yet...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 3–12.
Published: 01 April 2023
..., Falconer, who had survived one shipwreck in 1749 and made his literary career with a poem inspired by that shipwreck, died by shipwreck too. At his death, Falconer was the most famous sailor poet and naval lexicographer of the era. The son of an Edinburgh wigmaker, Falconer went to sea at fourteen...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 166–187.
Published: 01 April 2023
... on technical works as such, which were devised to be used to inform and guide sailors in their actual day-to-day interactions with the sea. 2 Even Margaret Cohen's influential study, The Novel and the Sea (2010), analyzes the concept of “maritime craft” in the ultimate service of understanding the rise...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2024) 48 (2): 26–53.
Published: 01 April 2024
... in the reception of Edward Rushton's West-Indian Eclogues (1787). Modern critics of Rushton's eclogues have drawn ample attention to its dramatic structure; its extensive endnotes, which were derived from the poet's firsthand experiences as sailor aboard a slave ship in the 1770s; its complex inversion...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2004) 28 (3): 20–45.
Published: 01 September 2004
... one of his suits in ventur- ing to look for him (27). If Davies seeks her husband out of love and devo- tion, Snell seeks hers to exact revenge. Her sailor-husband is a “perfidious” Dutchman who lavishes their money on other women. Having plunged his family into insurmountable debt, he abandons...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2002) 26 (3): 225–245.
Published: 01 September 2002
... reaching new and uncharted ter- ritory, Bougainville traditionally left markers and a claim of that territory for the king of France. When on the island, one can only imagine the French party’s surprise and disappointment when a sailor came across a lead plaque...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2007) 31 (3): 60–75.
Published: 01 September 2007
...- spective of home, be it Bensalem or England, rather than the vertiginous perspective of the ever-roving sailor. Moreover, it required the technical expertise located at Solomon’s House or the Royal Society, where natural philosophers could make sense of new reports by relating them to existing...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2023) 47 (2): 134–165.
Published: 01 April 2023
..., another reviewer judged the first edition to be “so truly didactic, that a man studying the piece may become a tolerable sailor” (Kenrick [1762], 440). By the time the second edition was published in 1764, Falconer had “almost new-model[led] the poem” (440). He had “enriched” his text with tragic...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2002) 26 (3): 98–116.
Published: 01 September 2002
..., it is usual for the sailors, when the ships come into harbour, to marry for the season; and notwithstanding this precarious engagement, they are assured . . . of the strictest fidelity to their bed . . . from those temporary spouses” (182). It was unnecessary...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2002) 26 (1): 136–146.
Published: 01 January 2002
... 18. [standing girl is offered bag of money by sailor seated on stile; she points to church], by S. Smith. Coll: BM 1848-12-6-14 19. [drunken man outside inn is held back by woman while landlord offers him tankard], by Isaac Taylor. Coll: BM 1890-5-12-26...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2021) 45 (1): 114–120.
Published: 01 January 2021
... from a brief early eighteenth- century entry in the practice journal of Henry Watson. Watson was a Royal Navy surgeon who recorded the sad end of one Thomas Story, a sailor who had the great misfortune to fall to his death from the foretop of a Royal Navy ship. The instant the man hit the deck, he...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2020) 44 (3): 160–164.
Published: 01 September 2020
... and political struggle were dig- ni¥ed by the term war. Rebellions in Jamaica and the Indian subconti- nent against British settlers rarely enter the oŸcial history of war. Sailors striking against the navy, or weavers against industrialization; the clear- ing of the Highlands, or the killing of protesters...
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Eighteenth-Century Life (2013) 37 (2): 1–25.
Published: 01 April 2013
... divested himself of a substantial portion of his property. The sailors are quick to point out that he has sunk his ship to protect the goods on board, “not only that the Dutch might not have her, but that the Court- iers, who laugh at wooden Legs, might not make her Prize” (I.i.123  –  ­26...