Edwin Fox: a Victorian Seafarer 1825-84
A rare working life account of a nineteenth century sailing merchant seaman from apprentice to master mariner and eventually North Sea Pilot. Closely tied to the Tyne shipping industry, Edwin Fox sailed in more than 40 vessels over a 30 year period, including a brief stint in the Royal Navy. Details include pay, provisions and the troublesome seamen in his charge. He survived life at sea to die in his own bed. Such a study was possible because Fox was the only ticketed sailor of that name at the time and, educated, wrote well in official documents about himself and his career.