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A Sailor's Life

Sunday 23 October 2005 13:00-14:00 (Radio 3)

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Trafalgar and as part of Nelson weekend, the music surrounding Admiral Lord Nelson's life is celebrated.


1 hour


2/2. A Sailor's Life

From the deck of the HMS Victory, Catherine Bott talks to Alan Knight, tour guide of the great ship, about life in Nelson's Navy, and the songs and shanties Nelson's men would have sung.

The Banks of the Nile
A.L.Lloyd, singer
Topic 12TS232 vinyl

On Board a '98
Roy Harris and chorus
Topic 12TS232 vinyl

The Press Gang
Roy Harris
Topic 12RS232 vinyl

Blood Red Roses &
Haul on the Bowline
HPO 6007

The Seventeen Bright Stars
A.L. Lloyd and chorus
Topic 12TS232 vinyl

The Captain's Apprentice
Archive recording

Gerry Wimsey, tin-whistle
Topic TSCD 662

John Rae, dulcimer
Topic TSCD 652

Nelson's Victory at Copenhagen
Martyn Wyndham-Read and Chorus
Topic 12TS232 vinyl

A sailor and his true love
Cyril Poacher
Topic TSCD 652

The female cabin boy
Bob Hart
Topic TSCD 662

The sailor laddie
Frankie Armstrong
Topic 12TS232

The dockyard gate
Sam Larner
Topic TSCD 511

The sailor's Alphabet
Sam Larner
Topic TSCD 662

The Valiant Sailor
Roy Harris and Chorus
Topic 12TS232 vinyl

Nelson's Death
Roy Harris and Chorus
Topic 12TS232 vinyl

Selected bibliography, recommended by Catherine Bott:

The Life of Nelson
Robert Southey 1813

Nelson: The Man and the Legend
Terry Coleman 2001

Nelson, Love and Fame
Edgar Vincent 2003

Nelson’s Women
Tom Pocock 1999

Beloved Emma
Flora Fraser 1986

Men of Honour: Trafalgar and the Making of an English Hero
Adam Nicolson 2005

Admiral Lord Nelson: Context and Legacy
Edited by David Cannadine 2005

Nelson: The New Letters
Edited by Colin White 2005

The British Seaman
Christopher Lloyd 1968

The Wooden World: An Anatomy of the Georgian Navy
N.A.M. Rodger 1986

Nelson’s Navy
Brian Lavery 1989

The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea
Edited by Peter Kemp 1988

NB Fiction: Forester’s Hornblower books, Patrick O’ Brian,
and especially Barry Unsworth’s novel Losing Nelson, 1999

The Valiant Sailor
Roy Palmer 1973

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