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Patron: His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO

Edited By: Andrew Hopper


2011, 194pp

ISBN: 9780055635748


This volume is available to purchase (PDF).

John Secker’s reminiscences of his life at sea provide a remarkable bottom-up account of the eighteenth-century maritime world.  


The son of a Quaker miller from North Walsham, Secker’s global sea-faring life took him not only across maritime Europe and North America, but also to Arabia, India, the South Seas and Pacific Ocean.


His travels encompass themes as diverse as religion, overseas cultures, migration, slavery, navigation, weather, living conditions at sea, commerce and cargoes, navel engagements, discipline and press-gangs, piracy, insurance fraud, foreign imprisonment and Jacobite exciles.




The World of John Secker, 1716-1795, Quaker Mariner (Book Dust Jacket)

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