Why Does Naval History Matter? From the early sixteenth-century to the middle of the twentieth; England, then Great Britain, became a superpower. Lambert explains “. . . one critical advantage: naval power”. Contemporary writers put forward two arguments about British Naval history; the first is that Britain and especially its Navy founded the modern global system; the second […]
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‘Jigging Jack’: The Sailor’s Hornpipe, Sailortown & the Stage
The Sailor’s Hornpipe, also known as “The Jig of the Ship,” “Jack the Lad,” or “Deck Dancing,” was a common sight in ports, danced and performed in sailortown areas across the globe. The Sailor’s Hornpipe became a staple dance of the Royal Navy, so much so “the sailor’s hornpipe was one of the glories of […]
Sailors on Shore Leave During the First World War: reinforcing stereotypes of Jack Tar?
There remains a stereotypical image of Jack Tar as a man with loose morals who enjoyed himself ashore whenever he got the opportunity. Yet, how far this stereotype stands up has increasingly been questioned by historians. This article does not intend to join in this debate per se but rather to reflect on the stereotype […]
Tattoos, Tars and Sailortown Culture
Middle-England seemingly went into shock when it was announced that David Dimbleby, broadcaster and establishment figure par excellence had succumbed to having a tattoo. Although some time has now elapsed since Dimbleby’s tattoo made headline news, getting the tattoo whilst filming a documentary about ‘Britain and the Seas’ taps into something that time has not weakened. […]