Voices of the Powerless: Below Decks and Boney : Voices of the Powerless

  • by Melvyn Bragg
  • Narrated by Melvyn Bragg
  • Series: Voices of the Powerless
  • 0 hrs and 30 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

In this episode taken from the BBC Radio 4 series, Melvyn Bragg travels to the historic dockyard of Chatham to explore the life of a seaman in Nelson’s navy. Our popular image of the 18th century sailor below decks is one of a downtrodden, press-ganged man who was a victim of regular beatings. While Bragg finds some evidence to support this view, he also discovers that for many working-class men a career on board ship was an opportunity for a better life.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2011
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited