A Maritime Archaeology of Ships
Innovation and Social Change in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Jonathan Adams evaluates key episodes of technical change in the ways that watercraft were produced, used and disposed of, arguing that ‘the material culture of water transport offers one of the best means of interrogating changes within past societies’.
Ending the African Slave Trade
After the Acts of 1807 and 1833 that abolished slavery across the British Empire, the Royal Navy patrolled the African coast to enforce the law; yet there were still slave markets around the Indian Ocean in the 1860s. This book tells of four British naval officers who took direct action – against Admiralty guidelines which advised adjudication rather than violence – to free captives and disrupt the slave trade along the coasts of Africa and Arabia.