Stephen Taylor

Stephen Taylor is a writer of maritime history, biography and travel. His work has appeared in The Times, The Observer and The Economist, among others. He is the author of eight books, the latest of which is Sons of the Waves: The Common Seaman in the Heroic Age of Sail (2020).

Written by Stephen Taylor

Seamen relaxing on the HMS Pallas, April 1775. Early depictions of common seamen are exceedingly rare; this one is from an album of watercolours by Second Lieutenant Gabriel Bray aboard the ship. Courtesy the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Oceans and water
Who was Jack Tar?

He was a patriot and a prisoner, a delegate and a drunk; circling the globe when few Englishmen ever left their home counties

Stephen Taylor