BOOK REVIEW – The Myth of the Press Gang: Volunteers, Impressment, and the Naval Manpower Problem in the Eighteenth Century

By J. Ross Dancy, Boydell Press Woodbridge, Suffolk, England (2015) Reviewed by Mark Lardas If you rely on nautical fiction or even some histories (John Masefield’a among them), you might believe the Royal Navy of the Age of Fighting Sail was mainly composed of impressed men, with many – if not most – conscripts being

Call for Papers: Press Gangs, Conscripts and Professionals – Recruiting the Royal Navy from the Age of Sail to the Present Day

To be held at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth 6 and 7 September 2013 Keynote Address by Brian Lavery Conference Reception Onboard HMS Victory This conference will explore how the Royal Navy recruited its personnel from its earliest times to the present day, including its various branches and services such as the