Historic Naval Fiction - Historic Naval Fiction Historic Naval Fiction, the home of naval fiction set in the age of sail, contains information on the authors and novels with useful information and links for people interested in books set in the Age of Sail http://historicnavalfiction.com/ 2014-09-30T20:48:51+01:00 AstroCMS The Privateers Riflemen (K) 2014-09-23T00:00:10+01:00 2014-09-23T00:00:10+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/other-releases/3638-the-privateers-riflemen-k Brad Koch webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/K/koch2.jpg" alt="The Privateers Riflemen" width="120" height="192" />Brad Koch recently released the second book in his Butler Family Chronicles series,&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3637:the-privateers-riflemen&amp;catid=270:aos-privateer-fiction&amp;Itemid=813"><em>The Privateers Riflemen</em></a>. It is available for kindle download&nbsp;worldwide.</p> <p>Book one of the Butler Family Chronicles <em>Privateers and Kings</em> introduced the reader to the Butler family and told of their successes as privateers and in the establishment of their entrepreneurial enterprises. The second book of the 'Chronicles', <em>Privateers Riflemen</em> finds the family endeavors flourishing but with danger signs on the horizon. The French in New France (Canada) are insidiously provoking their Indian allies to attack the English colonists living, or seeking land on the frontier. Family members team up with George Washington, in his formative years as a warrior, in the French and Indian War. Tidewater Company riflemen patrol the frontier and battle both Indian and French forces. With George Washington the riflemen participate in the Braddock disaster, bravely holding the line to help save Braddock's retreating army. Having now established a base in the East Indies they are now conducting business with their Chinese, comprador dodging both the English and Dutch East Indies monopolies in the area. Once again their privateering skills are called in to action taking on French shipping and the French navy with exciting results.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/K/koch2.jpg" alt="The Privateers Riflemen" width="120" height="192" />Brad Koch recently released the second book in his Butler Family Chronicles series,&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3637:the-privateers-riflemen&amp;catid=270:aos-privateer-fiction&amp;Itemid=813"><em>The Privateers Riflemen</em></a>. It is available for kindle download&nbsp;worldwide.</p> <p>Book one of the Butler Family Chronicles <em>Privateers and Kings</em> introduced the reader to the Butler family and told of their successes as privateers and in the establishment of their entrepreneurial enterprises. The second book of the 'Chronicles', <em>Privateers Riflemen</em> finds the family endeavors flourishing but with danger signs on the horizon. The French in New France (Canada) are insidiously provoking their Indian allies to attack the English colonists living, or seeking land on the frontier. Family members team up with George Washington, in his formative years as a warrior, in the French and Indian War. Tidewater Company riflemen patrol the frontier and battle both Indian and French forces. With George Washington the riflemen participate in the Braddock disaster, bravely holding the line to help save Braddock's retreating army. Having now established a base in the East Indies they are now conducting business with their Chinese, comprador dodging both the English and Dutch East Indies monopolies in the area. Once again their privateering skills are called in to action taking on French shipping and the French navy with exciting results.</p> </div> Jan Needle's Nelson Series of Short Stoiries 2014-09-23T00:00:00+01:00 2014-09-23T00:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/general-hnf-info/astrodenes-blog/3636-jan-needle-s-nelson-series-of-short-stoiries David Hayes webmaster@historicnavalfiction.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/N/needle3.jpg" alt="Nelson: The Dreadful Havoc" width="120" height="168" />Jan Needle is releasing a fictionalised history of Horation Nelson's career in a series of short stories. The second, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3635:nelson-the-dreadful-havoc&amp;catid=65:short-stories&amp;Itemid=103"><em>Nelson: The Dreadful Havoc</em></a>, was released in ebook format on 13 August 2014.</p> <p>By the time he was invalided back from the disastrous expedition up the Rio San Juan in an attempt to destroy Spain's hold on central America, Nelson – at the age of only 22 – was 'a dead man walking.'</p> <p>He was carried ashore at Port Royal in a cot, and saved from certain death only by the intervention of Captain 'Coachee' Cornwallis, who was determined he would get well again.</p> <p>The brother of the would-be scourge of the rebels of the Thirteen Colonies, Cornwallis put him in the care of a handsome black woman – Mrs Cuba – who had taken his own surname. Steeped in voodoo, her methods were frowned on by the medical establishment.</p> <p>With his faithful companion Tim Hastie, Nelson spent many weeks with Cuba and her young nurses, often delirious and racked by fever and by pain.</p> <p>By the time he was appointed captain of the <em>Janus</em>, Nelson was too sick to take up the command. Not long afterwards – not for the first time in his short life – he was sent back to England as a wreck.</p> <p>It was touch and go if he would survive the voyage...</p> <p>'Nelson: The Dreadful Havoc' is the second of a series about the life and times of Horatio Nelson, which looks at some of his lesser known exploits, as well as the ones which made him the country's most iconic hero.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/N/needle3.jpg" alt="Nelson: The Dreadful Havoc" width="120" height="168" />Jan Needle is releasing a fictionalised history of Horation Nelson's career in a series of short stories. The second, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3635:nelson-the-dreadful-havoc&amp;catid=65:short-stories&amp;Itemid=103"><em>Nelson: The Dreadful Havoc</em></a>, was released in ebook format on 13 August 2014.</p> <p>By the time he was invalided back from the disastrous expedition up the Rio San Juan in an attempt to destroy Spain's hold on central America, Nelson – at the age of only 22 – was 'a dead man walking.'</p> <p>He was carried ashore at Port Royal in a cot, and saved from certain death only by the intervention of Captain 'Coachee' Cornwallis, who was determined he would get well again.</p> <p>The brother of the would-be scourge of the rebels of the Thirteen Colonies, Cornwallis put him in the care of a handsome black woman – Mrs Cuba – who had taken his own surname. Steeped in voodoo, her methods were frowned on by the medical establishment.</p> <p>With his faithful companion Tim Hastie, Nelson spent many weeks with Cuba and her young nurses, often delirious and racked by fever and by pain.</p> <p>By the time he was appointed captain of the <em>Janus</em>, Nelson was too sick to take up the command. Not long afterwards – not for the first time in his short life – he was sent back to England as a wreck.</p> <p>It was touch and go if he would survive the voyage...</p> <p>'Nelson: The Dreadful Havoc' is the second of a series about the life and times of Horatio Nelson, which looks at some of his lesser known exploits, as well as the ones which made him the country's most iconic hero.</p> </div> First Fleet (K) 2014-09-20T01:00:00+01:00 2014-09-20T01:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/non-fiction-releases/3632-first-fleet-k Rob Mundle webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/M/mundle4.jpg" alt="First Fleet" width="120" height="183" />Rob Mundle has a new book available for pre-order on Kindle, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3611:first-fleet&amp;catid=55:non-fiction&amp;Itemid=98"><em>First Fleet</em></a>. It will be released worldwide on 22 September 2014.</p> <p>Bestselling Maritime Biographer, Rob Mundle, is back on the ocean with a blockbuster for Christmas. Rob's <em>First Fleet</em> tells the extraordinary story of the eighteenth century convoy of eleven ships that left England on 13 May 1787 for the 'lands beyond the seas'. Aboard were seafarers, convicts, marines, and a few good citizens -some 1300 in all - who had been consigned to a virtually unknown land on the opposite side of the world where they would establish a penal colony, and a nation. The fleet stopped at Tenerife, Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town before sailing across the notorious and challenging Southern Ocean, bound for Botany Bay. Somehow, all 11 ships arrived safely between 18 and 20 January, 1788. But, it's what happened during 252 days at sea while sailing half way around the world, and subsequently on land, that is almost beyond belief. No nation has ever been founded in such a courageous and dangerous manner. It's the basis for one hell of an adventure.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/M/mundle4.jpg" alt="First Fleet" width="120" height="183" />Rob Mundle has a new book available for pre-order on Kindle, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3611:first-fleet&amp;catid=55:non-fiction&amp;Itemid=98"><em>First Fleet</em></a>. It will be released worldwide on 22 September 2014.</p> <p>Bestselling Maritime Biographer, Rob Mundle, is back on the ocean with a blockbuster for Christmas. Rob's <em>First Fleet</em> tells the extraordinary story of the eighteenth century convoy of eleven ships that left England on 13 May 1787 for the 'lands beyond the seas'. Aboard were seafarers, convicts, marines, and a few good citizens -some 1300 in all - who had been consigned to a virtually unknown land on the opposite side of the world where they would establish a penal colony, and a nation. The fleet stopped at Tenerife, Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town before sailing across the notorious and challenging Southern Ocean, bound for Botany Bay. Somehow, all 11 ships arrived safely between 18 and 20 January, 1788. But, it's what happened during 252 days at sea while sailing half way around the world, and subsequently on land, that is almost beyond belief. No nation has ever been founded in such a courageous and dangerous manner. It's the basis for one hell of an adventure.</p> </div> Quarterdeck (K) 2014-08-27T00:00:00+01:00 2014-08-27T00:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/naval-fiction-releases/3618-quarterdeck-k David O'Neil webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/O/oneil3.jpg" alt="Quarterdeck" width="120" height="191" />David O'Neil has released a new book which is now available for kindle download worldwide, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3617:quarterdeck2&amp;catid=45:p&amp;Itemid=70"><em>Quarterdeck</em></a>.</p> <p>Fresh from the best-selling sagas of sea adventure, O'Neil brings us <em>Quarterdeck</em>, the sequel to best-seller <em>Sailing Orders</em> as once again Captain Sir Martin Forest-Bowers KB faces almost insurmountable odds as he and his valiant crew take to ship on behalf of Her Royal Majesty and the United Kingdom.</p> <p>As a homeless boy, abandoned to look after himself at the age of thirteen, Martin encountered Captain Bowers RN and his family. Adopted by the Captain he entered the Navy as a Midshipman. Now married and a decorated Captain himself. He returns home to find his wife Jennifer at death's door. Prompted by his safe return, her recovery is assured and is followed by a return to work for 'plain Mr. Smith' with clandestine excursions and undercover trips to France. At sea once more, he is involved not only with preventing treasure ships from falling into French hands, but also with events on the east coast of America in the run-up to the war of 1812.</p> <p>Action, battle, romance, adventure and thrills abound in O'Neil's latest venture into the world of sea battles against the mighty navies of France and Spain as well as American pirates.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/O/oneil3.jpg" alt="Quarterdeck" width="120" height="191" />David O'Neil has released a new book which is now available for kindle download worldwide, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3617:quarterdeck2&amp;catid=45:p&amp;Itemid=70"><em>Quarterdeck</em></a>.</p> <p>Fresh from the best-selling sagas of sea adventure, O'Neil brings us <em>Quarterdeck</em>, the sequel to best-seller <em>Sailing Orders</em> as once again Captain Sir Martin Forest-Bowers KB faces almost insurmountable odds as he and his valiant crew take to ship on behalf of Her Royal Majesty and the United Kingdom.</p> <p>As a homeless boy, abandoned to look after himself at the age of thirteen, Martin encountered Captain Bowers RN and his family. Adopted by the Captain he entered the Navy as a Midshipman. Now married and a decorated Captain himself. He returns home to find his wife Jennifer at death's door. Prompted by his safe return, her recovery is assured and is followed by a return to work for 'plain Mr. Smith' with clandestine excursions and undercover trips to France. At sea once more, he is involved not only with preventing treasure ships from falling into French hands, but also with events on the east coast of America in the run-up to the war of 1812.</p> <p>Action, battle, romance, adventure and thrills abound in O'Neil's latest venture into the world of sea battles against the mighty navies of France and Spain as well as American pirates.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> Dutch Warships in the Age of Sail 1600 - 1714 (HC) 2014-08-25T01:00:00+01:00 2014-08-25T01:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/non-fiction-releases/3616-dutch-warships-in-the-age-of-sail-1600-1714-hc James Bender webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/B/bender1.jpg" alt="Dutch Warships in the Age of Sail 1600 - 1714" width="120" height="141" />James Bender has a new book available for pre-order in Hardcover, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3504:dutch-warships-in-the-age-of-sail-1600-1714&amp;catid=113:aos-naval-non-fiction-ships-a-design&amp;Itemid=674"><em>Dutch Warships in the Age of Sail 1600 - 1714: Design, Construction, Careers &amp; Fates</em></a>. It will be released in the UK on 20 September 2014 and in the US on 15 October 2014.</p> <p>For most of the seventeenth century the Netherlands constituted the most important maritime power in the world, with by far the largest merchant fleet and a dominance in seaborne trade that other countries feared and envied. Born out of an 80-year struggle against Spain for independence, the Dutch republic relied on naval power to guarantee its freedom, promote its trade and defend its overseas colonies. The Dutch navy was crucial to its survival and success, yet the ships that made up its fleets are among the least studied of any in the age of sail. The reasons for this include a decentralised administration of five separate admiralties, often producing ships of the same name at the same time, the widespread co-opting of merchantmen into naval fleets, and competing systems of measuring ships, all of which leads to confusion and error. The most significant contribution of this book is to produce the first definitive listing of all Dutch fighting ships - whether purpose-built, purchased, hired or captured - from the heyday of the United Provinces, complete with technical details and summaries of their careers. It also provides an appreciation of the administrative, economic and technical background, and outlines the many campaigns fought by one of the most successful navies in history. With its unique depth of information, this is a work of the utmost importance to every naval historian and general reader interested in the navies of the sailing era.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/B/bender1.jpg" alt="Dutch Warships in the Age of Sail 1600 - 1714" width="120" height="141" />James Bender has a new book available for pre-order in Hardcover, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3504:dutch-warships-in-the-age-of-sail-1600-1714&amp;catid=113:aos-naval-non-fiction-ships-a-design&amp;Itemid=674"><em>Dutch Warships in the Age of Sail 1600 - 1714: Design, Construction, Careers &amp; Fates</em></a>. It will be released in the UK on 20 September 2014 and in the US on 15 October 2014.</p> <p>For most of the seventeenth century the Netherlands constituted the most important maritime power in the world, with by far the largest merchant fleet and a dominance in seaborne trade that other countries feared and envied. Born out of an 80-year struggle against Spain for independence, the Dutch republic relied on naval power to guarantee its freedom, promote its trade and defend its overseas colonies. The Dutch navy was crucial to its survival and success, yet the ships that made up its fleets are among the least studied of any in the age of sail. The reasons for this include a decentralised administration of five separate admiralties, often producing ships of the same name at the same time, the widespread co-opting of merchantmen into naval fleets, and competing systems of measuring ships, all of which leads to confusion and error. The most significant contribution of this book is to produce the first definitive listing of all Dutch fighting ships - whether purpose-built, purchased, hired or captured - from the heyday of the United Provinces, complete with technical details and summaries of their careers. It also provides an appreciation of the administrative, economic and technical background, and outlines the many campaigns fought by one of the most successful navies in history. With its unique depth of information, this is a work of the utmost importance to every naval historian and general reader interested in the navies of the sailing era.</p> </div> The Ship of the Line: A History in Ship Models (HC) 2014-08-14T01:00:00+01:00 2014-08-14T01:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/non-fiction-releases/3615-the-ship-of-the-line-a-history-in-ship-models-hc Brian Lavery webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/L/Lavery11.jpg" alt="The Ship of the Line: A History in Ship Models" width="120" height="159" />Brian Lavery has a new book available for pre-order in Hardcover, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3614:the-ship-of-the-line-a-history-in-ship-models&amp;catid=113:aos-naval-non-fiction-ships-a-design&amp;Itemid=674"><em>The Ship of the Line: A History in Ship Models</em></a>. It will be released in the US on 15 September 2014 and in the UK on 15 October 2014.</p> <p>The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich houses the largest collection of scale ship models in the world, many of which are official, contemporary artefacts made by the craftsmen of the navy or the shipbuilders themselves, and ranging from the mid seventeenth century to the present day. As such they represent a three-dimensional archive of unique importance and authority. Treated as historical evidence, they offer more detail than even the best plans, and demonstrate exactly what the ships looked like in a way that even the finest marine painter could not achieve. The Ship of the Line is the second of a new series that takes selections of the best models to tell the story of specific ship types - in this case, the evolution of the ship of the line, the capital ship of its day, and the epitome of British seapower during its heyday from 1650-1850. This period too coincided with the golden age of ship modelling. Each volume depicts a wide range of models, all shown in full colour, including many close-up and detail views. These are captioned in depth, but many are also annotated to focus attention on interesting or unusual features, and the book weaves the pictures into an authoritative text, producing a unique form of technical history. The series is of particular interest to ship modellers, but all those with an enthusiasm for the ship design and development in the sailing era will attracted to the in-depth analysis of these beautifully presented books.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/L/Lavery11.jpg" alt="The Ship of the Line: A History in Ship Models" width="120" height="159" />Brian Lavery has a new book available for pre-order in Hardcover, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3614:the-ship-of-the-line-a-history-in-ship-models&amp;catid=113:aos-naval-non-fiction-ships-a-design&amp;Itemid=674"><em>The Ship of the Line: A History in Ship Models</em></a>. It will be released in the US on 15 September 2014 and in the UK on 15 October 2014.</p> <p>The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich houses the largest collection of scale ship models in the world, many of which are official, contemporary artefacts made by the craftsmen of the navy or the shipbuilders themselves, and ranging from the mid seventeenth century to the present day. As such they represent a three-dimensional archive of unique importance and authority. Treated as historical evidence, they offer more detail than even the best plans, and demonstrate exactly what the ships looked like in a way that even the finest marine painter could not achieve. The Ship of the Line is the second of a new series that takes selections of the best models to tell the story of specific ship types - in this case, the evolution of the ship of the line, the capital ship of its day, and the epitome of British seapower during its heyday from 1650-1850. This period too coincided with the golden age of ship modelling. Each volume depicts a wide range of models, all shown in full colour, including many close-up and detail views. These are captioned in depth, but many are also annotated to focus attention on interesting or unusual features, and the book weaves the pictures into an authoritative text, producing a unique form of technical history. The series is of particular interest to ship modellers, but all those with an enthusiasm for the ship design and development in the sailing era will attracted to the in-depth analysis of these beautifully presented books.</p> </div> British Expeditions to the South Atlantic 1805-1807 (HC) 2014-08-05T01:00:00+01:00 2014-08-05T01:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/non-fiction-releases/3610-british-expeditions-to-the-south-atlantic-1805-1807-hc John D. Grainger webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/G/grainger3.jpg" alt="British Expeditions to the South Atlantic 1805-1807" width="120" height="173" />John D. Grainger&nbsp;has a new book available for pre-order in Hardcover, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3609:british-expeditions-to-the-south-atlantic-1805-1807&amp;catid=55:non-fiction&amp;Itemid=98"><em>British Expeditions to the South Atlantic 1805-1807</em></a>. It will be released in the US on 19 August 2014 and in the UK on 30 August 2014.</p> <p>Between 1805 and 1807 the British mounted several expeditions into the South Atlantic aimed at weakening Napoleon's Spanish and Dutch allies. The targets were the Dutch colony on South Africa's Cape of Good Hope, which potentially threatened British shipping routes to India, and the Spanish colonies in the Rio de la Plata basin (now parts of Argentina and Uruguay). In 1805 an army of around 6,000 men was dispatched for the Cape under the highly-respected General David Baird. They were escorted and assisted by a naval squadron under Home Riggs Popham. The Cape surrendered in January 1806. Popham then persuaded Baird to lend him troops for an attack on Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires was taken in July but the paltry British force (around 2,400 men) was then besieged and forced to surrender in August. Popham was later court martialled for exceeding his orders. In Feb 1807 Montevideo was taken by a new (officially sanctioned) British force of 6,000 men. Whitelocke, the British Commander then attempted to retake Buenos Aires (not least to free British prisoners from the first attempt) but was defeated by unexpectedly fierce resistance stiffened by armed creoles and slaves. After heavy losses he signed an armistice, surrendering Montevideo and withdrawing all his forces. He too was court-martialled. One of the major themes of this new account is the strong Scottish connection - Baird and Popham were both Scots, and the 71st Highlanders made up the main force in the Cape and Popham's adventure. Another is the unlooked for consequences of these actions. The arrival of Scottish Calvinist ministers in the Cape influenced the eventual development of apartheid, while successful resistance to the British, with little help from Spain, shaped and accelerated the independence movement in South America.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/G/grainger3.jpg" alt="British Expeditions to the South Atlantic 1805-1807" width="120" height="173" />John D. Grainger&nbsp;has a new book available for pre-order in Hardcover, <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3609:british-expeditions-to-the-south-atlantic-1805-1807&amp;catid=55:non-fiction&amp;Itemid=98"><em>British Expeditions to the South Atlantic 1805-1807</em></a>. It will be released in the US on 19 August 2014 and in the UK on 30 August 2014.</p> <p>Between 1805 and 1807 the British mounted several expeditions into the South Atlantic aimed at weakening Napoleon's Spanish and Dutch allies. The targets were the Dutch colony on South Africa's Cape of Good Hope, which potentially threatened British shipping routes to India, and the Spanish colonies in the Rio de la Plata basin (now parts of Argentina and Uruguay). In 1805 an army of around 6,000 men was dispatched for the Cape under the highly-respected General David Baird. They were escorted and assisted by a naval squadron under Home Riggs Popham. The Cape surrendered in January 1806. Popham then persuaded Baird to lend him troops for an attack on Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires was taken in July but the paltry British force (around 2,400 men) was then besieged and forced to surrender in August. Popham was later court martialled for exceeding his orders. In Feb 1807 Montevideo was taken by a new (officially sanctioned) British force of 6,000 men. Whitelocke, the British Commander then attempted to retake Buenos Aires (not least to free British prisoners from the first attempt) but was defeated by unexpectedly fierce resistance stiffened by armed creoles and slaves. After heavy losses he signed an armistice, surrendering Montevideo and withdrawing all his forces. He too was court-martialled. One of the major themes of this new account is the strong Scottish connection - Baird and Popham were both Scots, and the 71st Highlanders made up the main force in the Cape and Popham's adventure. Another is the unlooked for consequences of these actions. The arrival of Scottish Calvinist ministers in the Cape influenced the eventual development of apartheid, while successful resistance to the British, with little help from Spain, shaped and accelerated the independence movement in South America.</p> </div> Pirate: Privateer (HC/K) 2014-08-03T00:00:00+01:00 2014-08-03T00:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/other-releases/3600-pirate-privateer-hc-k Tim Severin webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/S/severin4.jpg" alt="Pirate: Privateer" width="120" height="183" />After a gap of several years Tim Severin is releasing a new book in The Pirate Adventures of Hector Lynch series.&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3502:privateer&amp;catid=30:pirate-fiction&amp;Itemid=105"><em>Pirate: Privateer</em></a> is available for pre-order in multiple formats and will be released worldwide on 14 August 2014.</p> <p>As Hector Lynch is diving for Spanish plunder in the sparkling waters of the Caribbean, he and his companions are captured by a French ship. Trying desperately to make their escape, they are shipwrecked on a tiny island near Jamaica. Hector's wife is waiting for him in Tortuga, and as he knows he has to somehow make his way back to her; meanwhile she decides to undertake the hazardous journey to find him. As Hector's voyages continue, he soon finds himself on the run across the high seas, accused of piracy...</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/S/severin4.jpg" alt="Pirate: Privateer" width="120" height="183" />After a gap of several years Tim Severin is releasing a new book in The Pirate Adventures of Hector Lynch series.&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3502:privateer&amp;catid=30:pirate-fiction&amp;Itemid=105"><em>Pirate: Privateer</em></a> is available for pre-order in multiple formats and will be released worldwide on 14 August 2014.</p> <p>As Hector Lynch is diving for Spanish plunder in the sparkling waters of the Caribbean, he and his companions are captured by a French ship. Trying desperately to make their escape, they are shipwrecked on a tiny island near Jamaica. Hector's wife is waiting for him in Tortuga, and as he knows he has to somehow make his way back to her; meanwhile she decides to undertake the hazardous journey to find him. As Hector's voyages continue, he soon finds himself on the run across the high seas, accused of piracy...</p> </div> Review: Blackwell's Paradise by V. E. Ulett 2014-07-31T08:53:00+01:00 2014-07-31T08:53:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/general-hnf-info/book-reviews/list/3598-review-blackwell-s-paradise-by-v-e-ulett David Hayes webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/UV/ulett2.jpg" alt="Blackwell's Paradise" width="120" height="180" />The Age of Sail naval fiction market is becoming a crowded one so it is hard for authors to come up with something new and unique that grabs the readers attention. V. E. Ulett achieves that in&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3435:blackwell-s-paradise&amp;catid=4:b&amp;Itemid=7"><em>Blackwell's Paradise</em></a>. Our hero finds himself in a leaking ship only fit for the breakers yard. That is unlikely to impress the Admiral he is carrying as a passenger and when the ship is wrecked you might suspect that would be the end of his career.</p> <p>He is however needed for a mission to the pacific so he soon finds himself with a new command and at sea with permission to take his wife with him. Things do not go well for Blackwell who finds himself ashore and a prisoner in unusual circumstances. This is the main focus of the story as the narrative explores the interactions of Europeans and the Pacific natives through an interesting plot line that was unexpected and which I enjoyed.&nbsp;</p> <p>This was an interesting and enjoyable read and particularly if you are looking for something with a different twist recommended<span style="line-height: 1.3em;">.</span></p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/UV/ulett2.jpg" alt="Blackwell's Paradise" width="120" height="180" />The Age of Sail naval fiction market is becoming a crowded one so it is hard for authors to come up with something new and unique that grabs the readers attention. V. E. Ulett achieves that in&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3435:blackwell-s-paradise&amp;catid=4:b&amp;Itemid=7"><em>Blackwell's Paradise</em></a>. Our hero finds himself in a leaking ship only fit for the breakers yard. That is unlikely to impress the Admiral he is carrying as a passenger and when the ship is wrecked you might suspect that would be the end of his career.</p> <p>He is however needed for a mission to the pacific so he soon finds himself with a new command and at sea with permission to take his wife with him. Things do not go well for Blackwell who finds himself ashore and a prisoner in unusual circumstances. This is the main focus of the story as the narrative explores the interactions of Europeans and the Pacific natives through an interesting plot line that was unexpected and which I enjoyed.&nbsp;</p> <p>This was an interesting and enjoyable read and particularly if you are looking for something with a different twist recommended<span style="line-height: 1.3em;">.</span></p> </div> Give Me a Fast Ship (HC/K) 2014-07-18T01:00:00+01:00 2014-07-18T01:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/non-fiction-releases/3588-give-me-a-fast-ship-hc-k Tim McGrath webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/M/mcgrath2.jpg" alt="Give Me a Fast Ship" width="120" height="180" />Tim McGrath has just released a new book<em> <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3587:give-me-a-fast-ship&amp;catid=55:non-fiction&amp;Itemid=98">Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea</a></em>.&nbsp;It is now available worldwide in Hardcover and for Kindle download.</p> <p>Five ships against hundreds—the fledgling American Navy versus the greatest naval force the world had ever seen...</p> <p>America in 1775 was on the verge of revolution—or, more likely, disastrous defeat. After the bloodshed at Lexington and Concord, England's King George sent hundreds of ships westward to bottle up American harbors and prey on American shipping. Colonists had no force to defend their coastline and waterways until John Adams of Massachusetts proposed a bold solution: The Continental Congress should raise a navy.</p> <p>The idea was mad. The Royal Navy was the mightiest floating arsenal in history, with a seemingly endless supply of vessels. More than a hundred of these were massive "ships of the line," bristling with up to a hundred high-powered cannon that could level a city. The British were confident that His Majesty's warships would quickly bring the rebellious colonials to their knees.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/M/mcgrath2.jpg" alt="Give Me a Fast Ship" width="120" height="180" />Tim McGrath has just released a new book<em> <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3587:give-me-a-fast-ship&amp;catid=55:non-fiction&amp;Itemid=98">Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea</a></em>.&nbsp;It is now available worldwide in Hardcover and for Kindle download.</p> <p>Five ships against hundreds—the fledgling American Navy versus the greatest naval force the world had ever seen...</p> <p>America in 1775 was on the verge of revolution—or, more likely, disastrous defeat. After the bloodshed at Lexington and Concord, England's King George sent hundreds of ships westward to bottle up American harbors and prey on American shipping. Colonists had no force to defend their coastline and waterways until John Adams of Massachusetts proposed a bold solution: The Continental Congress should raise a navy.</p> <p>The idea was mad. The Royal Navy was the mightiest floating arsenal in history, with a seemingly endless supply of vessels. More than a hundred of these were massive "ships of the line," bristling with up to a hundred high-powered cannon that could level a city. The British were confident that His Majesty's warships would quickly bring the rebellious colonials to their knees.</p> </div> Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead (HC) 2014-07-01T00:00:00+01:00 2014-07-01T00:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/naval-fiction-releases/3554-until-the-sea-shall-give-up-her-dead-hc S. Thomas Russell webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/R/russell3.jpg" alt="Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead" width="120" height="183" />The next installment of Maritime adventures of Charles Hayden,&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3474:until-the-sea-shall-give-up-her-dead&amp;catid=46:u&amp;Itemid=73"><em>Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead</em></a>, is now available for pre-order in Hardcover.&nbsp;It will be released in the UK on 17 July 2014 and in the US on 16 October 2014.</p> <p>Under the command of the steadfast Captain Charles Hayden, Royal Navy frigate HMS <em>Themis</em> is sent across the Atlantic to counter the threat of the French forces in the West Indies. But before she strikes port in Barbados, the <em>Themis</em> intercepts a single boat adrift in the middle of the ocean - its sole occupants, two young Spanish noblemen. But not is all as it seems with Hayden's unexpected guests.</p> <p>The mystery only deepens as Hayden's ship reaches Barbados, where he must take new orders from the Admiral. Hayden finds his ship in a squadron under the command of the conceited Sir William Jones, who involves Hayden on a course of action so foolhardy that he is faced with losing many of his men. Once again, the <em>Themis</em> is thrown into the most violent of action against the enemy - and Hayden must make the hardest choice of all, life or death?</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/R/russell3.jpg" alt="Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead" width="120" height="183" />The next installment of Maritime adventures of Charles Hayden,&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3474:until-the-sea-shall-give-up-her-dead&amp;catid=46:u&amp;Itemid=73"><em>Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead</em></a>, is now available for pre-order in Hardcover.&nbsp;It will be released in the UK on 17 July 2014 and in the US on 16 October 2014.</p> <p>Under the command of the steadfast Captain Charles Hayden, Royal Navy frigate HMS <em>Themis</em> is sent across the Atlantic to counter the threat of the French forces in the West Indies. But before she strikes port in Barbados, the <em>Themis</em> intercepts a single boat adrift in the middle of the ocean - its sole occupants, two young Spanish noblemen. But not is all as it seems with Hayden's unexpected guests.</p> <p>The mystery only deepens as Hayden's ship reaches Barbados, where he must take new orders from the Admiral. Hayden finds his ship in a squadron under the command of the conceited Sir William Jones, who involves Hayden on a course of action so foolhardy that he is faced with losing many of his men. Once again, the <em>Themis</em> is thrown into the most violent of action against the enemy - and Hayden must make the hardest choice of all, life or death?</p> </div> Review: The Battle of All the Ages by J. D. Davies 2014-06-30T08:53:00+01:00 2014-06-30T08:53:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/general-hnf-info/book-reviews/list/3553-review-the-battle-of-all-the-ages-by-j-d-davies David Hayes webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/D/davies8.jpg" alt="The Battle of All the Ages" width="120" height="185" />I always look forward to a new instalment in the 'Journals of Matthew Quinton' by historian J. D. Davies as I always learn something new about the navies and history of the period. The latest instalment,&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3394:the-battle-of-all-the-ages&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Battle of All the Ages</em></a>, did not disappoint.</p> <p>The book gets off to an action filled start with Matthew and his crew in the thick of the fighting during the The Four Days' Battle of 1666, a drawn out and fierce action of the Anglo-Dutch wars and a defeat for the English fleet. The Captain's of the typical 'Napoleonic' novel tend to be a Nelson character from more humble beginnings yet in this earlier era Quinton is a courtier and heir to an Earldom. Even so Davies has created a very believable and likeable character who you can empathise with.&nbsp;</p> <p>As I have said before the navies of the 1660's were very different so it is not surprising that after his return from the battle at the whim of the King Matthew finds himself with a senior rank in an early incarnation of the Royal marines and on his way to Plymouth to root out the source of the false intelligence that caused the division of the English fleet before the battle and many lives.</p> <p>After the conclusion of this mission Matthew returns to his ship to find that in an astonishing feat by the standards of the time has taken place and the shattered fleet has been repaired in just seven weeks. This enables the book to finish as it started with a climactic battle, in this case the one known as the St. James's Day fight.</p> <p>As always Davies uses his historical accuracy to bring to life the events of these two great battles and the political intrigue of the period when allegiances and enmities were not as clear cut as in later periods.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/D/davies8.jpg" alt="The Battle of All the Ages" width="120" height="185" />I always look forward to a new instalment in the 'Journals of Matthew Quinton' by historian J. D. Davies as I always learn something new about the navies and history of the period. The latest instalment,&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3394:the-battle-of-all-the-ages&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Battle of All the Ages</em></a>, did not disappoint.</p> <p>The book gets off to an action filled start with Matthew and his crew in the thick of the fighting during the The Four Days' Battle of 1666, a drawn out and fierce action of the Anglo-Dutch wars and a defeat for the English fleet. The Captain's of the typical 'Napoleonic' novel tend to be a Nelson character from more humble beginnings yet in this earlier era Quinton is a courtier and heir to an Earldom. Even so Davies has created a very believable and likeable character who you can empathise with.&nbsp;</p> <p>As I have said before the navies of the 1660's were very different so it is not surprising that after his return from the battle at the whim of the King Matthew finds himself with a senior rank in an early incarnation of the Royal marines and on his way to Plymouth to root out the source of the false intelligence that caused the division of the English fleet before the battle and many lives.</p> <p>After the conclusion of this mission Matthew returns to his ship to find that in an astonishing feat by the standards of the time has taken place and the shattered fleet has been repaired in just seven weeks. This enables the book to finish as it started with a climactic battle, in this case the one known as the St. James's Day fight.</p> <p>As always Davies uses his historical accuracy to bring to life the events of these two great battles and the political intrigue of the period when allegiances and enmities were not as clear cut as in later periods.</p> </div> The Massacre of Innocents (HC) 2014-06-29T00:00:00+01:00 2014-06-29T00:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/naval-fiction-releases/3552-the-massacre-of-innocents-hc Alan Lawrence webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/L/lawrence1.jpg" alt="The Massacre of Innocents" width="120" height="179" />Alan Lawrence recently released the first book in a new series 'The Continuing Voyages of HMS <em>Surprise</em>'.&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3498:the-massacre-of-innocents&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Massacre of Innocents</em></a>&nbsp;is now available worldwide in Hardcover. (EDIT: I understand from the author that the print version will only be available in the UK for the time being. Kindle version is available for overseas readers)</p> <p>Captain Pat O'Connor, Lieutenant Duncan Macleod and Doctor Simon Ferguson return from half-pay to command the frigate HMS <em>Surprise</em>, returned to service after long years 'in ordinary' at Plymouth Dock.</p> <p>HMS <em>Surprise</em> escorts Lord Byron to Cephalonia and then aids the fledgling Greek navy against the crushing Ottoman fleet superiority. Fighting for the cause of Greek independence amidst the destruction and massacres of the sackings of Kasos and Psara, this fictional tale is based on the actual historical events of 1823 and 1824.</p> <p>Struggling to retain their sanity and humanity as initial jubilation with their return to sea is replaced by doubt and anxiety as crew losses mount, O'Connor, Macleod and Ferguson bring HMS <em>Surprise</em> to action in the thrilling and climactic battle to defend Samos from Turk invasion.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/L/lawrence1.jpg" alt="The Massacre of Innocents" width="120" height="179" />Alan Lawrence recently released the first book in a new series 'The Continuing Voyages of HMS <em>Surprise</em>'.&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3498:the-massacre-of-innocents&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Massacre of Innocents</em></a>&nbsp;is now available worldwide in Hardcover. (EDIT: I understand from the author that the print version will only be available in the UK for the time being. Kindle version is available for overseas readers)</p> <p>Captain Pat O'Connor, Lieutenant Duncan Macleod and Doctor Simon Ferguson return from half-pay to command the frigate HMS <em>Surprise</em>, returned to service after long years 'in ordinary' at Plymouth Dock.</p> <p>HMS <em>Surprise</em> escorts Lord Byron to Cephalonia and then aids the fledgling Greek navy against the crushing Ottoman fleet superiority. Fighting for the cause of Greek independence amidst the destruction and massacres of the sackings of Kasos and Psara, this fictional tale is based on the actual historical events of 1823 and 1824.</p> <p>Struggling to retain their sanity and humanity as initial jubilation with their return to sea is replaced by doubt and anxiety as crew losses mount, O'Connor, Macleod and Ferguson bring HMS <em>Surprise</em> to action in the thrilling and climactic battle to defend Samos from Turk invasion.</p> </div> Attack of the HMS Nimrod (PB/K) 2014-06-23T01:00:00+01:00 2014-06-23T01:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/non-fiction-releases/3542-attack-of-the-hms-nimrod-pb-k J. North Conway & Jesse Dubuc webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/D/dubuc1.jpg" alt="Attack of the HMS Nimrod: Wareham and the War of 1812" width="120" height="180" />J. North Conway &amp; Jesse Dubuc recently released a new book about the&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3540:attack-of-the-hms-nimrod&amp;catid=55:non-fiction&amp;Itemid=98"><em>Attack of the HMS Nimrod: Wareham and the War of 1812</em></a>. It is now available worldwide in Paperback and for Kindle download.</p> <p>On the morning of June 13, 1814, the British warship HMS <em>Nimrod</em> attacked the town of Wareham, Massachusetts. As a center for shipbuilding and iron, Wareham was a perfect target for the British fleet. When the lead barge deceptively appeared with a white flag at its bow, Wareham never suspected anything but a truce and was ill prepared for the attack. A raiding party with six barges and two hundred men burned the town's cotton mill, destroyed its vessels and took its citizens as hostages. When <em>Nimrod</em> tried to flee the shores, it ran aground and had to throw its cannons and guns overboard in order to lighten its load and sail away. Wareham was left smoldering in its wake. Follow authors J. North Conway and Jesse Dubuc as they trace the attack from the initial spotting of the British fleet to the discovery of the lost <em>Nimrod</em> cannons.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 5px; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/D/dubuc1.jpg" alt="Attack of the HMS Nimrod: Wareham and the War of 1812" width="120" height="180" />J. North Conway &amp; Jesse Dubuc recently released a new book about the&nbsp;<a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3540:attack-of-the-hms-nimrod&amp;catid=55:non-fiction&amp;Itemid=98"><em>Attack of the HMS Nimrod: Wareham and the War of 1812</em></a>. It is now available worldwide in Paperback and for Kindle download.</p> <p>On the morning of June 13, 1814, the British warship HMS <em>Nimrod</em> attacked the town of Wareham, Massachusetts. As a center for shipbuilding and iron, Wareham was a perfect target for the British fleet. When the lead barge deceptively appeared with a white flag at its bow, Wareham never suspected anything but a truce and was ill prepared for the attack. A raiding party with six barges and two hundred men burned the town's cotton mill, destroyed its vessels and took its citizens as hostages. When <em>Nimrod</em> tried to flee the shores, it ran aground and had to throw its cannons and guns overboard in order to lighten its load and sail away. Wareham was left smoldering in its wake. Follow authors J. North Conway and Jesse Dubuc as they trace the attack from the initial spotting of the British fleet to the discovery of the lost <em>Nimrod</em> cannons.</p> </div> The Marvellous Sea (K) 2014-06-22T00:00:00+01:00 2014-06-22T00:00:00+01:00 http://historicnavalfiction.com/latest-releases/naval-fiction-releases/3536-the-marvellous-sea-k Peter Smalley webmaster@astrodene.com <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/R/Rennie7.jpg" alt="The Marvellous Sea" width="120" height="191" />A new book in Peter Smalley's popular 'HMS Expedient' series has been long awaited. <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3528:the-marvellous-sea&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Marvellous Sea</em></a>&nbsp;which continues the adventured of Captain William Rennie and Lieutenant, James Hayter was recently released and is now available in ebook format only.</p> <p>The year is 1793 and while England mobilises her navy and looks East across the Channel and into the Mediterranean, a mission is being planned by Mr. Brough Mappin, administrator of the Secret Service Fund.</p> <p>Once again in command of the frigate HMS <em>Expedient</em> (36) Captain William Rennie and his Lieutenant, James Hayter, find themselves under secret orders and with an independent commission steering a course deep into the South Atlantic.</p> <p>Their objective, a resource all parties to this war will need in great quantity, has fueled the dreams of men as well and William Rennie is no exception.</p> </div> <div class="feed-description"><p><img style="margin-right: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; border: 1px solid #000000; float: left;" src="images/stories/Bookcovers/R/Rennie7.jpg" alt="The Marvellous Sea" width="120" height="191" />A new book in Peter Smalley's popular 'HMS Expedient' series has been long awaited. <a href="index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=3528:the-marvellous-sea&amp;catid=5:t&amp;Itemid=8"><em>The Marvellous Sea</em></a>&nbsp;which continues the adventured of Captain William Rennie and Lieutenant, James Hayter was recently released and is now available in ebook format only.</p> <p>The year is 1793 and while England mobilises her navy and looks East across the Channel and into the Mediterranean, a mission is being planned by Mr. Brough Mappin, administrator of the Secret Service Fund.</p> <p>Once again in command of the frigate HMS <em>Expedient</em> (36) Captain William Rennie and his Lieutenant, James Hayter, find themselves under secret orders and with an independent commission steering a course deep into the South Atlantic.</p> <p>Their objective, a resource all parties to this war will need in great quantity, has fueled the dreams of men as well and William Rennie is no exception.</p> </div>