This collection of essays identifies a neglected but significant component of Britain's maritime and labour history, that of ethnic labour drawn from Britain's colonies in West Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The interdisciplinary nature of the volume raises a number of important issues: race and ethnicity, colonialism and migration, social class and the complex nature of racial hostility meted out by organized white labour.
International Journal of Maritime History- "a significant contribution to out understanding of some of the non-Europeans who were increasingly significant in manning British ships from the mid-nineteenth century."
The Northern Mariner- " The collection makes an interesting beginning to the study of ethnicity and the British merchant mariner"
African Affairs- " this book…should prove highly stimulating, especially through the useful notes at the end of each chapter. When, ultimately, a comprehensive history of ethnic seafarers in British Imperial trade is written, this small book should occupy an hnourable place in its historiography