Author Results for Bill Jones

Book Review: ‘Strange Vernaculars: How eighteenth-century slang, cant, provincial languages, and nautical jargon became English’ by Bill Jones

By Bill Jones

English in the eighteenth century was being invaded by ‘alien’ languages and dialects, and it is these which Janet Sorensen analyses in Strange Vernaculars. She focuses on three ‘languages’ in her study: the ‘cant’ of the criminal underworld, the provincial dialects of, especially, the labouring classes, and finally the ‘nautical jargon’ of sailors. It is […] Read More

Filed under: Eighteenth Century
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Miscellaneous

Book Review – ‘Polar Mariner: Beyond the limits in Antarctica’ by Bill Jones

By Bill Jones

Captain Thomas Woodfield had a remarkable career at sea. After a year at the Warsash School of Navigation, then under the command of the redoubtable Captain Wakeford, he served an apprenticeship in merchant ships, until in the early 1950s he obtained a junior officer’s posting to an Antarctic research ship, the Royal Research Ship Shackleton. There […] Read More

Filed under: Post WW2 | Twentieth Century | Antarctic
Subjects include: Biography | Science & Exploration | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Book Review-‘Chasing a Dream: The exploration of the Imaginary Pacific’ by J. Dunmore

By Bill Jones

John Dunmore has impeccable credentials for authorship of this volume. A prolific author of over 30 volumes, including biographies and journals of significant Pacific explorers such as Jean-Francois de La Perouse, Jean-Francois de Surville and Louis de Bougainville, and the recipient of many awards including the Legion d’Honneur for his contribution to French scholarship, he […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

Book Review-‘British Nautical Melodramas, 1820–1850’ edited by A. Schmidt

By Bill Jones

Spectacle and melodrama have always played a significant part in popular entertainment, and the sea offers an impressive range of opportunity for evoking strong reactions and emotions among spectators, readers and audiences from classical and biblical times, through Viking sagas to Shakespeare’s Tempest and on to contemporary disaster movies such as Krakatoa: East of Java […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Art & Music