Monday, August 21, 2017

Going Off-Watch

Things will be a bit quiet around here for a short while.

Detail from The Sailor's Farewell, Charles Mosley, date unknown,
National Maritime Museum

In the first, I am working to better include the voice of the common sailor. In the more than three years I have been running this blog, the actual words of common sailors have been shamefully absent. If I intend to explore their lives, I must use their accounts. This means I must plow through all the eighteenth century memoirs of common sailors that I can get my hands on. If you would like to do the same, or have suggestions, visit the new page on this blog: Sailor's Memoirs.

In the second, I am also engaged in exploring slave voyages to a particular Chesapeake seaport. Slave ships, as with many transatlantic voyages, are hard to track. I will be buried in archives and databases for some time. If you are interested in exploring the slave trade for yourself, visit

You can still expect occasional updates, but not quite so frequent as they had been in the Spring and Summer. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, where I will post a little more frequently, though not nearly so in depth as I do here.

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