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The Worst Jobs in History: Two Thousand Years of Miserable Employment.
London, Boxtree. 2004, First Edition. (ISBN: 0752215337) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 224 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H). Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour with photographs and reproductions. "Tony Robinson has set out to investigate life in the underbelly of history. Whether it's swilling out the crotch of a knight's soiled armour after the Battle of Agincourt, risking his neck on a bleak cliff collecting guillemot eggs or, as 'Groom to the Stool', going to places where none of Henry VIII's six wives would venture - Tony endures it all to get to the bottom (quite literally) of the story. Covering the Roman invasion to the reign of Queen Victoria, Tony uncovers how - behind all the great men and women who have made the headlines - there has been an unseen army undertaking hard, dangerous and unpleasant work. The very names 'Powder Monkey', 'Seeker of the Dead' and 'Spit Boy' underline the fact that the past is a different and fairly disgusting country. The Gunpowder Plot draws Tony to the role of the 'Saltpetre Man' who collected human waste for its nitrate content to turn into gunpowder. In the same vein, he looks at some of the worst jobs behind the building of the great medieval cathedrals and at the dire conditions on Nelson's 'Victory' where the most common form of retirement was being sewn into your hammock with a couple of cannon balls and dropped over the side. Then there's the impact of the Industrial Revolution, a source of wealth and power for the few, but a cornucopia of lousy jobs for the many." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light waviness to fore-edge of textblock. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling and minor rubbing. Very Good+/Very Good+.
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Book number: 20940
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Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Social, Middle Ages, Tudor, Stuart, Georgian, Victorian, Work, Employment, Jobs, Industrial Revolution, Filth, Danger, Military, Navy, Boy Actors, Battle Agincourt, Alfred the Great, Queen Anne, Arming Squires, Artist's Models, Barber Surgeons, Venerable

Old Parish Records Ayr (578). Vol. 9 Deaths - March 1766 to May 1820.
Ayr, South Ayrshire Libraries. 1996. (ISBN: 0901567116) Card covers in cerlox binding. 141 pp, 4to (11 5/8" H). Information listed under the following headings: Surname; Forename(s); Date; Relationship; Occupation/Origin; Yrs; Part Years; Cause of Death; Notes. From title page: "No Entries Nov. 1786 - Aug. 1789 (except for three entries in 1787 and one entry in Jan. 1789). No entries Sep. 1806. - Jan. 1817 (except for one entry in 1816). Three entries dated 1808, 1812, 1815 resp. After 1818." Interior - cigarette odour, soft bump to top corner of pages, very light browning in margins of pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - light browning to edges of textblock, minor edge wear, one small corner crease, small area of surface paper loss at top of front cover. Very Good-.
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Book number: 21380
USD 37.50 [Appr.: EURO 31 | £UK 27.5 | JP¥ 3887]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland, Parish Records, Deaths, 18th, 19th Century, Names, Surnames, Diseases, Forenames, Cause of Death, Genealogy, Family History, Occupations. 0901567116

War on Sark: The Secret Letters of Julia Tremayne.
Exeter, Webb & Bower. 1981. (ISBN: 0906671418) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 208 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). B&w illustrations. "From 1 July 1940 to 14 May 1945 Julia Tremayne and the other inhabitants of the tiny Channel Island of Sark were cut off from the mainland of Britain by the German invasion and Occupation. Mrs. Tremayne's letters during this time to her daughter in England did not reach their destination until after the War. The letters were written at some risk and Mrs Tremayne was constantly urged to destroy them. Fortunately, they survived, to give a remarkable picture of conditions on the beleaguered Island, and remain a fascinating memorial to the courage and endurance of the Islanders." Two very small corner bumps, minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, some minor edge wrinkling. Very Good/Very Good+.
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Book number: 23801
USD 15.00 [Appr.: EURO 12.5 | £UK 11 | JP¥ 1555]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Sark, Channel Islands, German Occupation, Social Life, Customs, Personal Reminiscences, British Commando Raids, Hidden Receivers, Radios, Starvation, Food Supplies, Correspondence, Letters, World War Ii, Second World War, Julia Tremayne, Mid 20th Century.

The True Glory: The Story of the Royal Navy over a Thousand Years.
New York, Harper & Row. 1983, First American Edition. (ISBN: 0060152125) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 288 pp, large 8vo (9 3/4" H). Map endpapers, b&w and colour photographs, reproductions. "A carefully planned and beautifully illustrated history of the Royal Navy and its origins from the time of King Alfred to the present day - a panoramic view of the ships, seamen, organisation and fighting records of the unique force that for a thousand years has stood between England and her foes. As the Falklands Task Force has recently demonstrated, the Royal Navy of today is capable of operating efficiently and effectively wherever it is required. In its history there have been many lengthy periods when this has been brilliantly demonstrated, notably in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, during the Napoleonic Wars and during large parts of the First and Second World Wars. Yet there have also been times when governmental cheese-paring, faulty design criteria, service squabbles or an unwillingness by those in charge to accept new ideas - such as steam power or the vital importance of air cover - have resulted in appalling temporary reverses only compensated for, in the long run, by the determination, skill and discipline of the crews of the Navy's fighting ships. Both sides of this history, the successes and the failures, are dealt with fully and frankly." Minor browning to edges of text block, slight fading to top/bottom edges of boards, crease/fold with small piece missing on rear pastedown. Dust jacket has has been price-clipped, has very light edge wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-fold, small area of surface paper loss at top of front flap-fold, very light edge browning. Very Good/Very Good.
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Book number: 23966
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Catalogue: British History
Keywords: British, Anglo-Saxons, Norman, Plantagenets, Tudors, Stuarts, Hanoverians, Napoleonic Wars, Crimean, Victorian, First World War, Second World War, World War Ii, World War I, Pearl Harbor, Sailing Ships, Warships, Gunnery, Navigation, Spanish Armada, Quibe

Bloody Provost: An Account of the Provost Service of the British Army, and the Early Years of the Corps of Royal Military Police.
London, Phillimore. 1980. (ISBN: 085033598) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 245 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w illustrations. "(A) carefully researched account of the development of the military police from the Middle Ages to the end of the Boer War. By that time, Provost Marshals were being recognised as Military Police Officers, though full recognition was delayed until 1953. Military historians on both sides of the Atlantic will find much that is new in Major Tyler's authoritative text, while past or present members of the military police will be fascinated to learn of the centuries-old traditions of their calling and the proud, if ruthless, actions of so many of their predecessors." Previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown, minor wrinkle at top of spine, minor soiling mark on fore-edge of textblock. Dust jacket is price clipped, has very minor edge wear, light wrinkling at top of spine. Very Good+/Very Good+.
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Book number: 18264
USD 27.50 [Appr.: EURO 22.75 | £UK 20.25 | JP¥ 2850]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Middle Ages, Provost, Military Police, Ireland, Marshals, Elizabethan, Tudor, Stuarts, Restoration, India, Siege of Delhi, Boer War, Battles, Castles, Corps of Mounted Guides, Discipline, Knights, Staff Corps of Cavalry, Wellington, London. 085033598

Magnus Volk of Brighton.
Phillimore, London, (1971), first edition.. 240 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates. "Born in Brighton in 1851, Magnus Volk was a true pioneer of electrical engineering. While still in his early twenties he was employing a dozen or more workpeople, making a simple telegraph set which sold all over the world. In 1879, when he married, his house was the first in Brighton to have electric lighting..It was in 1883 that he built his original little railway in Great Britain. This was the start of a long struggle against both man and nature; but Magnus reacted typically to opposition, and extended the line - twice. Not content with this, he built another railway further east - a truly fantastic conception, nick-named 'Daddy-Long-Legs'. The book tells the extraordinary story of the electric motor-car he made; of the order he received for another like it from the Sultan of Turkey - surely the earliest export order for a car ever to reach this country; and of his visit to Constantinople to deliver it in person. Then there were the telephone exchanges, the electric launches, the submarine mines, the X-Ray equipment..and still the list could be lengthened. Local and family history, topography, Victoriana, engineering archives, the history of motoring and aviation - there is plenty here, in both text and illustration, for all whose interests lie expecially in these fields; while for the general reader there is the story of a whole - written simply and not without humour; a record of endeavour, of dogged tenacity in the face of relentless opposition and ill-fortune. A study, in short, of a very remarkable man." Slight bump at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling, has very light rubbing, and is price clipped. VG +/VG.
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Book number: 15878
USD 55.00 [Appr.: EURO 45.25 | £UK 40.25 | JP¥ 5701]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Magnus Volk, Brighton, Electric Railway, Electrical Engineering, Engineers, Telegraph, Lighting, Cars, Sultan Turkey, Telephone Exchanges, Telephones, Submarine Mines, X-Ray Equipment, Inventors, Local, Family, Aviation, Motoring, Rottingdean, V.E. R

A Record of the Guardian Assurance Company Limited 1821-1921.
N.P. Printed for Private Circulation. 1921. Hard Cover. 153 pp, large 8vo (9" H) - white cloth spine extending 1 3/4" into boards with gold device at top of front board and gold lettering on spine, gray paper covering to remainder of boards. Top edge gilt. Sepiatone illustrations (some fold-out). Errata slip laid in at Contents page and slip containing extra information for Appendix E laid in between pages 144/145. Contents: Introduction. Then and Now: 1821-1921; The Guardian Offices, Old and New; Origin and Constitution of the Guardian; The Story of the Fire Department; The Story of the Life Department; The Story of the Accident Department; Guardian Personalities, Past and Present: (I) Directors - (II) Officials and Heads of Departments - (III) Clerical Staff; Local Committees and Agencies; Companies Absorbed and Founded by the Guardian; Epilogue - Hereafter: 1921- ; Appendices: Roll of Honour, 1914-1919; Directors, 1821-1921; Members of Early Local Committees; Branch Managers, Resident Secretaries, Local Directors and Trustees; Statistical Summary of the Company's Life Business and Bonuses Allotted, 1879-1914; Index. Book lightly cocked, one fold-out page has 1 1/2" tear archivally taped, faint label pull on front board, bottom corner of front board is bumped and very slightly cracked, tiny dint at top edge of rear board. Very Good-/No Jacket.
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Book number: 24730
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Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Guardian Assurance Company, Insurance Companies, Company Histories, Insurance, Life Insurance, Fire Insurance, Accident Insurance, First World War, I, Honour Roll, Directors, Staff, Agencies, Investments, Businesses, Branch Managers, Statistics, Bonuses,

Living the Fishing. History Workshop Series.
Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, (1983), Ist edition.. 398 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), soft cover. B&w photos, maps, drawing. "Why have some fishing communities survived to thrive today, while so many others have died? This is a book about both the past and the future of all who live from the sea. Drawing on more than 150 life-story interviews with men and women from Scottish and English fishing communities, the book also bases itself on hitherto unused private and public records. It examines the impact of economic and technical change through the last hundred years on the way of life of the people of the fishing industry in all its rich variety: in work and industrial relations, in faith and in superstition, and in home and family life.." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - small corner crease on front cover, minor edge wear, two light creases on spine. VG.
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Book number: 13872
USD 15.00 [Appr.: EURO 12.5 | £UK 11 | JP¥ 1555]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Fishing Industry, Communities, Great Britain, Scottish, English, Economics, Superstition, Family Life, Lancashire, Barra, Lewis, Shetland, Moray Firth, Aberdeen, East Anglia, Trade Unions, Strikes, Trawlers, Women.

Steam Coasters and Short Sea Traders.
Albrighton, Waine Research Publications. 1977, Reprint. (ISBN: 0905184009) Hard Cover with dust jacket. Ill.: Charles V. Waine. 152 pp, 4to (12" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, b&w and colour plates, drawings/profiles. Contents: Preface; Outline; Building Steam Coasters; The Engine Room; Early Steam Coasters; Clyde 'Puffers'; Short Raised Quarter Deck Coasters; Long Raised Quarter Deck Coasters; Larger Coasters with Long Raised Quarter Decks; Engines Amidships; The Thames Up-River Colliers; The Big Engines-Aft Coasters; Coastal Tankers; Owners & Trades; Index. Light edge wear to boards, light waviness to edges of text block. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, light fading to color on spine, slight fading to color on flap-folds and some edges, mylar protector is self adhered at bottom inside edge and taped at top inside edge. Very Good/Very Good-.
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Book number: 26098
USD 65.00 [Appr.: EURO 53.5 | £UK 47.5 | JP¥ 6737]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Abdela & Mitchell, Ailsa Shipbuilding, Austin, Sunderland, Burntisland, Cochrane & Sons, John Fullerton, Grangemouth Dockyard, Lytham, Palmer Bros. , Scott, Scott-Russell, Shearer, Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend-on-Tyne, Wood, Skinner, Yarwood

Cafe Racers of the 1960s: Machines, Riders and Lifestyle - a Pictorial Review. Mick Walker on Motorcycles 1.
London, Windrow & Greene. 1994. (ISBN: 1872004199) Soft Cover. 96 pp, 10 3/16" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. "Various events contrived to bring about the cafe racer era, together with the advent of the rocker - and subsequently mod - cults. New motorcycles such a s the BSA Gold Star singles and Star twins, Norton Dominator, Royal Enfield Meteor and Constellation, Triumph Tiger 110 and Thunderbird and Velocette Venom created a new breed of enthusiast, while films such as Marlon Brando's 'The Wild One' expressed, albeit in somewhat extreme form, the biker-as-rebel philosophy. Add to this the potency of that biggest of all pop music phenomena, rock'n'roll, an increasing affluence and the mushrooming 'youth culture', and the ingredients were all in place. Famed motorcycle author Mick Walker provides a fascinating re-creation of the era, packed with period photos of the machines and their riders, with information on technical and design features, clothing and accessories, and the cafe racer lifestyle which aroused fervent enthusiasm and stern disapproval in equal measure. To read this book is to enter a period which has become part of motorcycle folklore." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. Fine.
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Book number: 29343
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Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Motorcycles, Motorcycling, Motorbikes, Bikers, England, 1960s, Cafe Racers, Norton, Bsa, Triumph, Royal Enfield, Clothing, Fashion, Lifestyle, Rockers, Youth Culture, Mid 20th Century, Bsa Gold Star, Star Twins, Norton Dominator, Royal Enfield Meteor, Con

Six Campaigns: National Servicemen on Active Service 1948-1960.
London, Leo Cooper. 1993, First Edition. (ISBN: 0850523206) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 169 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). Maps. "Between the years 1948 and 1960, British armed forces were involved in six campaigns overseas, in Malaya, Korea, Cyprus, Suez and South Arabia. In order to provide the manpower for these operations, fixed-term universal male peacetime conscription was instituted for the only time in this country's history. Of the million and a half men called up on reaching the age of eighteen, about a hundred and twenty-five thousand, or one in twelve, served in an active theatre of operations, for which a campaign medal was awarded. This book consists of the reminiscences of twenty-three of these men, who each served in one, or in some cases two, of the six campaigns. They recall, often with some emotion, their service in far-off places, against largely invisible enemies, in pursuit of aims which remain obscure to this day. They remember the brutality, the hardship, the excitement and the humour of an experience which for all of them appears to have been an important, if sometimes painful, part of the process of growing up. They also record, in many cases, the indifference, both personal and official, with which they were treated on their return home, and this book represents an attempt, however small and belated, to set straight the record regarding the achievements of these 'virgin soldiers'." Very light browning to top of textblock, small ghost sticker mark on front pastedown. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling, very light rubbing - mainly on rear panel. Very Good+/Very Good+.
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Book number: 16394
USD 26.00 [Appr.: EURO 21.5 | £UK 19 | JP¥ 2695]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Eddie Percival, Peter Robinson, Geoffrey Saunders, Philip Shepheard, Walter Smith, Mike Webb, Malaya, Cyprus, Aden, Korea, Suez, Kenya, Parachute Regiment, Marine Commandos, Royal Signals, Raf, Engineers, Medical Corps, Irish Fusiliers, Greenjackets 08505

The Age of Change, 1770-1870: Documents in Social History.
London, Adam and Charles Black. 1975, First Edition. (ISBN: 0713615761) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 199 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). "Between 1770 and 1870 Britain underwent a series of revolutions: agricultural, industrial, political and social. The whole country and the whole population, whether urban or rural, were affected to some extent by the far-reaching changes of this period and their legacy still has its influence in Britain today. This book is an enlightened selection of extracts from contemporary writings (including Anthony Trollope's novels and Royal Commission Reports as well as letters and diaries) charting the changing attitudes, policies and achievements of this important century in the growth of our modern industrial society. There are sections devoted to rural life, urban and industrial life, changes in transport, social policies and religious questions. John Ward, who is Professor of Modern History at the University of Strathclyde, has compiled a scholarly, and entertaining, picture of social life in Britain during a time of social change which will be of value to anyone with a personal or professional interest in the period." Subjects covered include: Free trade; Class conflicts; High society; The Army; Rural Poor; Landownership, Turnpikes; Canals; Sunday trains; Manchester; Leeds; Birmingham; Bardford; Trade unionism; Poor Law; Factory reform; Public health; Education; Life in the Mines; Religion; etc. Some random text highlited in yellow - up to page 41, slight wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, one small tear archivally taped, minor rubbing. Good+/Very Good -.
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Book number: 21994
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Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Patrick Colquhoun, G.W. E. Russell, Adam Smith, Thomas Carlyle, J.R. Mcculloch, Samuel Smiles, Free Trade, Liberty, Peace, Economics, Laisser-Faire, Self-Help, Rural Life, Snobbery, Servants, Class Conflict, Army, London, Rich, Poor, High Society, Transpo

The Medieval Castle: Life in a Fortress in Peace and War.
New York, Barnes & Noble. 1993. (ISBN: 156619458X) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 262 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H). B&w photographs, maps, drawings, reproductions. "This handsomely illustrated book explains why and how castles were built in the middle ages and why they were such a dominant influence on medieval life, especially in times of war. Writing with his characteristic flair and wit, Philip Warner, a lifelong student of castles and of military history, recreates in vivid detail a complete picture of daily life in a medieval castle: how the nobles and peasants lived; how men fought in tournaments and trained in combat; how castles were sited, designed, managed, attacked, and defended; and what the people who lived in them ate, drank, and wore." Book slightly cocked. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling - light at top of front flap, very light browning at top edge. Very Good/Very Good.
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Book number: 23690
USD 10.00 [Appr.: EURO 8.25 | £UK 7.5 | JP¥ 1037]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Fortifications, Castles, Motte Bailey, Weapons, Crusaders, Crusades, Giraldus Cambrensis, Armour, Artillery, Beaumaris, Chateau Gaillard, Sappers, Norman, Krak de Chevaliers, Middle East, Keeps, Sieges, Saracens, Towers, Siege Machinery, Wales, London, Mi

Illustrated Guide to St. Cross Hospital, Near Winchester. With the Text of the Scheme of Management. Second Edition.
Warren & Son, Winchester, 1909, 2nd edition.. 66 pp, 7 1/4" H, soft cover. B&w photographs, drawings, ads. Gives a brief history of the Hospital of St. Cross, founded in 1136 by Bishop Henry de Blois (a grandson of William the Conqueror), which at the time of printing was still distributing i ts 'Wayfarer's Dole' of a horn of beer and a slice of white bread to, on average, thirty people a day. Shows architectural details and also outlines the management of the institution to date. Interior - small soft bump to top corner of p a g e s , s m a l l bump to bottom of gutters, first page has small piece missing from bottom corner and small crease at gutter. Exterior - bump at bottom of spine, creases at bottom corners of covers, light soiling and rubbing, small piece missin g fr om b ot t om o f sp ine, very light browning, small edge tears (archivally taped) and small soiling mark on rear cover. Good- reading copy only.
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Book number: 19503
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Catalogue: British History
Keywords: St Cross Hospital, Winchester, Wayfarer's Dole, Charity, Religious Establishments, Poor, Hospitallers, Churches, Brothers, Almshouses, Bretheren, Architecture, Architectural Details, Freemasonry, Mason's Marks.

Famous Sea Battles.
London, Arthur Barker, London, 1964. 1964. Hard Cover with dust jacket. Ill.: Derek Williams. 208 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H). B&w drawings, maps/battle plans. "In the year 897 nine ships of Alfred the Great defeated a small fleet of Danish raiders off the south coast of England in the first English naval battle. In the year 1943 the surviving German submarine wolf-packs conceded victory to the Allies and were withdrawn from the Atlantic after many months of bitter struggle. Between these very different naval actions, the names of certain sea battles blaze out: les Espagnols sur Mer; the Armada; the Little Revenge; the Battle of the Gabbard; Quiberon Bay; the Glorious First of June; Trafalgar; the Falklands; Jutland; the River Plate; the Hunting of the Bismarck. This book, fully documented from contemporary sources, provides an exciting and authentic picture of 1200 years of naval warfare." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, has moderate edgewear/wrinkling, a few tiny chips and tears - some with creases, light rubbing. Very Good/Good.
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Book number: 23400
USD 25.00 [Appr.: EURO 20.75 | £UK 18.5 | JP¥ 2591]
Catalogue: British History
Keywords: Poole, Spanish Armada, Gabbard, Barfleur, la Hogue, Vigo Bay, Quiberon, Saintes, Glorious First June, Saint Vincent, Nile, Trafalgar, Falklands, Jutland, River Plate, Matapan, Bismarck, Atlantic, Royal Navy, British, Warships, Sailing Ships, Nelson, World

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