Seafarers of African Descent on British Ships
Ray Costello is an independent historian and writer and an honorary research fellow of the School of Sociology and Social Science, University of Liverpool.
Acknowledgements List of illustrations Introduction Timeline 1. Worlds Collide 2. Destination Uncertain 3. A Tar’s Life 4. War Under Sail 5. Blighty 6. A Question Of Rank 7. From Sail To Steam 8. Global Conflict 9. Sailortown Under Attack 10. The Second World War 11. After Empire 12. Epilogue Notes and References Bibliography Index
This is a well researched and written title on a forgotten part of the Great War and is highly recommended.
This is a book for anyone interested in our navies, which were an absolutely integral part of the British Empire and the creation of Britain’s wealth. Given the many personal stories, it could easily be used in schools.
Black and Asian Studies Association (BASA) News
Black Salt is a valuable contribution to British maritime history and social history. By documenting the presence of Black seamen within the context of major transformations in British society, the study allows the reader to see how Britain processed the evolution of a Black population that was largely seamen. Black Salt is, however, an important resource for scholars who are first and foremost interested in maritime history; it is also useful for scholars who study the many dimensions of the African Diaspora.
International Journal of Maritime History
Black Salt has much to recommend it: it is well researched and written by someone with an obvious passion for the subject. The focus on retrieving contemporary narratives, whether written or dictated, is highly commendable and creates a sort of prosopographical account of black British sailors ... Ray Costello's work now fills a gap in British maritime historiography.
The Mariner's Mirror, Volume 99, Issue 3
... this work is of value particularly to those interested in comprehensively collecting in the areas of black studies and maritime studies.
Costello certainly accomplishes the goal of opening up the study of Black seamen in British merchant and naval ships. More work is to be done, but the start is here, with this book.
The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord, Vol. XXIII, No. 2
Black Salt is a fascinating read which is hard to put down. It is as enjoyable as it is thought-provoking and covers an area of the British Merchant and Royal navies that is often over looked. Well worth the price tag.
Nautilus International, Telegraph
Written with enthusiasm and a joy to read, Costello enlightens the reader with numerous fascinating stories and anecdotes as well as previously unpublished first-hand testimonies of black seafarers and their adventures at sea and on land, some positive, others tragic.
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: June 1, 2012