The labours of Dukesang Wong

The first known account of a Chinese railroad labourer from the 1880s tells of appalling work conditions, racism, exploitation, camaraderie with other Chinese migrants and finally, a happy family life. FULL STORY

M is for John McKay

May 11th, 2020

John McKay has written Sovereign of the Seas 1637: A Reconstruction of the Most Powerful Warship of its Day (Seaforth Publishing $68.95 hc), which includes a history of the ship and a folio of drafted plans and drawings of it’s design, from the hull to the sails and rigging. The book has already been nominated for best nautical research award. McKay, a professional draftsman and authority on the design of ships from the sailing era, first got into writing books while researching HMS Victory, a museum ship in England best known as Lord Nelson’s flagship at 1805’s Battle of Trafalgar. That resulted in, The 100-Gun Ship Victory (Conway Maritime 1987), which has had six reprints and established McKay as a maritime historian. He lives in Langley. 978-1-5267-6629-8

 

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