Life onboard an 18th Century warship was a miniature version of society on land,  from the Captain right at the top to inexperienced ‘landsmen’ at the bottom. Officers  and seamen represented the different levels of society each with their own roles and  varying degrees of rights and privileges.

The rhythm of life on a ship like Invincible ran to the sand in the many sand timers onboard. These determined each ‘watch’ or shift, when to work rest and play.