Jacob Faithful is a tale centred on the lives of the Thames watermen who made their living along the tidal reaches of that river and in the Port of London. Particularly it deals with the story of young Jacob literally born and raised on the river. He is orphaned in bizarre circumstances, gets an education, is apprenticed to a bargeman and then to a wherryman before being “pressed” into the Royal Navy. The book gives an interesting insight into the life of London and it’s great river at the beginning of the 19th Century.
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