The Royal Navy in the Age of Sail
If you are a fan of the Horatio Hornblower series of books by C S Forester and the stories from authors Alexander Kent, Patrick O'Brian, Dudley Pope, Richard Woodman, Julian Stockwin and others then this documentary film is essential to your collection.
Explore the gun deck, the surgeon's orlop, the rigging, the galley, and the lower decks where hundreds of men endured a harsh and demanding life. Experience the dreadful explosion of the cannon, the perils of working the sails in gale force winds, the challenges of staying alive where many more men perished from disease and accident than at the hands of the enemy.
Re-enactors costumed in authentic eighteenth-century clothing demonstrate what life was like between Englands wooden walls as well as ashore, where press gangs sought unsuspecting men to fill out ships companies. The theory behind naval gunnery, personal weapons, medical treatments, and the victuals provided are expressed and the scents of sea, powder smoke, tar and canvas are close at hand.
This film is the essential companion video to the collection of those who go down to the sea through the words of Kent, OBrian, Pope, Stockwin, Woodman and others.