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19th Century, Admiralty, Age of Sail, American Revolution, Black History, Caribbean, Diversity & Inclusion, Historiography, Law, Leadership, Learning From The Past, Napoleonic Wars, Naval History, Naval Warfare, People, Service Culture, Seven Years' War, Slave Trade, Veterans
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The Man in the Margins – The Black Sailor’s Voyage to Nelson’s Column (II)

By Cdre David Burns RN (rtd),
04 Oct 23

Ed. As a diversity and inclusion resource for Black History Month, in the second article of a two-part series, the author examines how slavery, the law and conflict pushed black sailors into the Royal Navy before and after Trafalgar, and how those black sailors were treated. A 40 minute read.

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Age of Sail, Book Reviews, Caribbean, Naval History
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Latest Book Review, 1 August

01 Aug 23

BRE. The latest book review is now available. It considers a book exploring the ‘Pirates’ Code’, and the wider issues surrounding 18th century piracy.

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Age of Sail, American Revolution, Black History, Caribbean, Diversity & Inclusion, Dockyards & Ports, Learning From The Past, Maritime Trade, Merchant Navy, Napoleonic Wars, Naval History, People, Seven Years' War, Slave Trade, Trade Interdiction and Protection, War of Austrian Succession
25 minutes, 53 seconds

The Man in the Margins – The Black Sailor’s Voyage to Nelson’s Column (I)

By CDRE DAVID BURNS RN (RTD),
15 Mar 23

Ed. The first of a two-part series, as a diversity and inclusion resource for Black History Month, the author examines the role of black labour in the Atlantic maritime system, from which the Royal Navy’s black sailors were drawn during the 18th century. This instalment focuses on the tragedy of black slavery as a component of the Atlantic system, and the remarkable achievements of those slaves who nevertheless became Royal Navy sailors. A 30 minute read.

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Naval History, Age of Sail, American Revolution, Black History, Caribbean, Learning From The Past, Napoleonic Wars, Naval Tactics, Trade Interdiction and Protection
12 minutes, 49 seconds

John Perkins: A Black Commander on the Jamaica Station

By DAVID CHILDS,
23 Feb 23

Ed. The author surveys the naval career of John Perkins, a black Jamaican and contemporary of Nelson, whose buccaneering career in the Caribbean met with considerable success and embodied the Royal Navy’s trade interdiction mission in those waters. A 15 minute read.

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