Wooden Ships - Iron Men
by J. G. Braddock Sr.

300 pages packed with exploits of four noted mariners of  the Colonial and Revolutionary eras.




Wooden Ships - Iron Men, a chronicle of four master mariners David Cutler Braddock, his son John Cutler Braddock, his father-in-law William Lyford Sr., and his brother-in-law William Lyford Jr. (click on each of the four men's names above to see a list of their exploits) was first published in July, 1996 and is now in its second printing with copies in 30 states and four foreign countries.

Exploits of these men along the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and the Bahamas during the Colonial and Revolutionary periods helped shape the coastal southeast. The tips of two of the best known resort islands in Southern waters, New Providence, Bahamas and Hilton Head in South Carolina, are named for brothers-in-law, David Cutler Braddock and William Lyford Jr., and their father-in-law and father, respectively, had a hand in naming one of America's most popular diving spots when the British man-of war, Loo, ran aground in 1744 on a Florida key which has been called Looe Key ever since.

Click on old Captain Braddock's to a see list of his ancestors and descendants:

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A large number of  descendants of these men, Braddocks and allied families, are scattered throughout the southeast, primarily in Florida.

The book is $20.00 plus $5.00 Mailing and handling.

Copies of Wooden Ships - Iron Men can be purchased from:

J. G. Braddock Sr.
1710 Garden St.
Charleston, SC 29407


Following are a few messages received from reviewers:ebottle.gif (14065 bytes)

The book, while not written in narrative form, utilizes extracts from actual documents of the time, showing the progression through their years of the four ships’ captains, along with input from governors, politicians, lawyers, judges, merchants ... all a fascinating reflection of the age and its styles, including harshness and shortcomings

Recommended for reading and a reference shelf.

Arthur Hailey, author of such legendary best-sellers as Hotel, Airport, Wheels, The Money Changers, and his latest, Detective.

The author has documented the lives of four of his ancestors, all noted naval captains, who were related to each other through blood and marriage. His task was not an easy one; this volume represents more than five years research. All four men figure prominently in the history of the maritime South, from the middle of the eighteenth century through the Revolutionary War.

Indeed, it is the diverse sources upon which the author relied that makes the book so formidable.

South Carolina Historical Magazine, January, 1997

I did not put the book down from the time I received it until I finished it at 4 a.m. this morning.

Alexander D. Williams, retired judge and historian, Atlanta, Georgia.

The quality of the book is first class - paper, binding, cover, dust cover, arrangement, readability, print and indexing. It is a handsome volume and one I have proudly added to my library. Aside from these qualities, the content is absolutely extraordinary! The research demands were obviously exhausting.

Lewis M. Davis, retired educator, Fernandina Beach, Florida.

"Wooden Ships - Iron Men" is a superbly researched book. It is rare to find such strict attention to pertinent fact. Furthermore, Braddock’s writing and organizational skills are absolutely outstanding. I highly recommend this book to all who are interested in Colonial maritime history, but especially to serious researchers and libraries.

Dr. E. Lee Spence, Underwater Archeologist, & Senior Editor ShipWrecks Magazine

You are to be commended for putting forth the effort to come up with all the facts about these men from 200 years ago.

John H. Christian, Bryan-Lang Historical Library, Woodbine, Georgia.

"Wooden Ships - Iron Men" is an extremely well-documented effort written by J. G. Braddock Sr. While the book is not a family history, it is an important effort, showing the amount of research sources available and how one can research and document our colonial ancestors.

. . . The book is interesting reading for anyone with interest in the colonial period, naval activities, and in the documents of the era.

Kenneth H. Thomas Jr., The Atlanta Journal / The Atlanta Constitution.

This book is unlike any other book I've ever read.  The author has accomplished the impossible. He has tied together what would be rather detailed orders, letters, etc., and made them flow in readable form. This book is not written in a narrative style. It is filled with exact data concerning four master mariners, all kin to the author. Two are named Braddock. Two are name Lyford. The exploits of these brave, talented men in the 1700s along the coast from NY to the Bahamas, but especially SC, GA and Florida, are logged in so cleverly that you don't realize that you are not reading a real history book. Well, you are reading a real history book, but not like any other you'll find on the shelf. J. G. Braddock is a master when it comes to putting his research into readable form. You will enjoy this book if you are interested in the Colonial and Revolutionary eras, naval activities, or old documents. You will appreciate the extreme difficulties endured those early days.

The Southern Genealogists Exchange Quarterly, Vol. 44,,  No.188, December 2003


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