A Reappraisal of the Life and Work of Basil Lubbock
Basil Lubbock was a pioneering author and maritime historian who laid the foundations for the study of merchant sailing ships. His knowledge was based on practical experience as a seafarer under sail, extensive archival research and discussions with seamen and sailing ship managers. This article reassesses his life as an adventurer, seaman, soldier, yachtsman and author. His methodology and approach to maritime history is examined and compared with other writers on the subject.