Lady CastawaysJoan Druett has just released a new book, Lady Castaways, available for kindle download worldwide. It will be released in paperback shortly.

It was not just the men who lived on the brink of peril when under sail at sea. Lucretia Jansz, who was enslaved as a concubine in 1629, was just one woman who endured a castaway experience. Award-winning historian Joan Druett (Island of the Lost, The Elephant Voyage), relates the stories of women who survived remarkable challenges, from heroines like Mary Ann Jewell, the "governess" of Auckland Island in the icy sub-Antarctic, to Millie Jenkins, whose ship was sunk by a whale.

The Threat in the BalticRoger Burnage recently released the next installment of The Merriman Chronicles, The Threat in the Baltic. It is available worldwide for Kindle download.

In the Spring of the year 1800, Captain Merriman and his frigate Lord Stevenage return home from India after being involved with the East India Company in the destruction of a pirate fleet. A treaty between Russia, Norway and Denmark threatens to cut the supply of timber and other supplies desperately needed by the navy so on Admiralty orders he is now to prepare for a voyage to the Baltic, to Copenhagen to try and find out about the defences of that town and harbour. So once again he is involved with Mr Grahame the treasury agent in secret, spying activities against England's enemies.

Back at the Admiralty in London to report his findings about Copenhagen's defences and depths of water in the main channels, he meets Admiral Horatio Nelson who asks the Admiralty to send Merriman with him as part of his fleet to the Baltic. With his


Swift PrideAlec Merrill recently released the second book in his Jon Swift series, Swift Pride. It is available worldwide in paperback.

Summer 1746. Louisbourg has fallen. HMS Mermaid, a forty gun ship of the line, escorts a convoy containing surrendered Frenchmen across the Atlantic to Brest, France. Pressed sailor, Jon Swift, struggles with personal demons. Torn from his family by the press gang, their welfare still haunts him. The inequities and injustices onboard a Royal Navy ship of the line add fuel to the fire. Swift seriously contemplates desertion. Events on the Mermaid continually place Swift in harm's way further swaying him. On the other side of the coin, Swift is proud of his achievements, and with no other skills except sailing, a sea life beckons. Will his pride and fortitude see him through this dilemma, or will punishment and arrogance tip the scales the other way?

Byzantine Warship vs Arab Warship: 630-1000 AD has a new book available for pre-order in paperback, Byzantine Warship vs Arab Warship: 630-1000 AD. It will be released worldwide on 20th January 2015.

This engaging study pits the the Byzantine dromōn against the Arabic shalandī in the prolonged struggle for mastery in the Mediterranean in the four centuries after 630 AD.

For four hundred years the Byzantine Empire's naval forces vied with the warships of the Islamic world for mastery of the Mediterranean. At the heart of this confrontation were the fighting vessels of the two powers, the Byzantine dromōn and the Arabic shalandī, both oared warships. In those four centuries of warfare between two major maritime powers, both the Byzantines and the Arabs left us records of their doctrine and tactics, as well as of how their ships were built. Featuring full-colour artwork and rigorous analysis from an authority on naval warfare, this enthralling book offers a glimpse of the long-lost world of war at sea in the age of


The British Navy in the BalticJohn D. Grainger has just released a new book, The British Navy in the Baltic. It is available worldwide in Hardcover.

This book presents a comprehensive overview of the activities of the British navy in the Baltic Sea from the earliest times until the twentieth century. It traces developments from Anglo-Saxon times, through the medieval period when there were frequent disputes between English kings and the Hanseatic League, the seventeenth-century wars with the Dutch, and Britain's involvement in the Northern Wars in the early years of the eighteenth century. It considers in detail the major period of British involvement in the Baltic during the Napoleonic Wars, when the British navy fought the Danes, Napoleon's allies, and was highly effective in ensuring Sweden's neutrality and Russia's change of allegiance. It goes on to discuss British naval actions in the Baltic during the Crimean War and in the First World War and its aftermath. Throughout, the book relates naval actions to


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