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Alan Villiers

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History — Literature.

(1903–82),

British master mariner and maritime author, born in Melbourne, Australia. He went to sea at the age of 15 in the barque Rothesay Bay and served altogether five years in...

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articles of agreement

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History — Bibliography.

The condition of service signed by a seaman in the merchant marine when joining a ship which formed a legal contract with his employers. Normally they embodied provisions governing rates of...

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blackbirding

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Maritime History.

Was the practice of kidnapping, or otherwise ensnaring, South Pacific islanders—known as Kanakas—in order to sell them to those running cotton and sugar plantations in Queensland,...

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Chatham

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Maritime History.

A British naval base, Chatham stands on the river Medway, on the north coast of Kent, England. Its foundation is traditionally dated to 1547, when a storehouse was hired at ...

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Claude-Joseph Vernet

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(1714–1789),

French marine painter. Joseph Vernet was born on August 14, 1714, in Avignon, a city of Provence, the southern province of France, which was at that time the holy ...

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Frederick Marryat

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Maritime History.

(1792–1848),

British naval officer and novelist, born at Westminster, London. He was the son of Joseph Marryat, the agent for Grenada in the Windward Islands, and grandson of...

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Herman Melville

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Maritime History.

(1819–91),

American novelist: visits Liverpool 1837, 1856; visits Nathaniel Hawthorne at Southport 1857. Redburn 1849, Moby‐Dick, or, The Whale 1851, Billy Budd written c.1890,...

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Jean-Baptiste Colbert

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(1619–83)

French statesman, chief minister to Louis XIV (1665–83). A vigorous reformer, he put order back into the country's finances, boosted industry and commerce, and...

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Joachim Nettelbeck

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Maritime History.

(1738–1824),

German captain and author of a widely read autobiography.Joachim Christian Nettelbeck was born on September 20,1738, in Kolberg on what is now the Polish coast of the...

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Joseph Conrad

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1857–1924)

Polish-born British novelist.

Conrad's parents were ardent Polish nationalists, and his childhood was darkened by the exile into which they were sent by the...

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