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Not Just the Rum that Kills You — Lead Poisoning in Sailors and Soldiers in the 18th Century West Indies

For Royal Navy sailors and British soldiers in the West Indies during the 18th century, rum was a refuge for the discomforts of the duties of the day. The rum also may have been killing them. It wasn’t the alcohol, but … Continue reading

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Berths Available on TS Pelican from Liverpool to the West Indies Next September

The headline in the Liverpool Daily Post reads, “Places available on first Liverpool transatlantic tall ship voyage for more than 100 years.”   Whether this is literally true or not, the trip looks very interesting for a number of reasons. The three-masted barquentine Pelican … Continue reading

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