Alan Lawrence

Alan Lawrence was born in 1954 and lives near the rugged north Devon and north Cornwall coast where he loves to stroll and take photographs.

Over the years he has spent several spells aboard a Danish-built wooden fishing trawler which he co-owned, voyaging around many of the Scottish Hebridean islands; as well as crewing on several occasions, including a voyage from Southampton to refit, with several weeks hopping along from port to port on the UK south coast, when he became familiar with Poole, Weymouth (Melcombe Regis), Dartmouth and Plymouth; and made the acquaintance of the local fishermen in Weymouth who skippered the boat.

Alan greatly enjoys sampling real ales, reading (historical books for the most part), folk music, and playing a very average game of golf.

Series: The Continuing Voyages of HMS Surprise
Year  Book  Comment
1823 The Massacre of Innocents HMS Surprise escorts Lord Byron to Cephalonia and then aids the fledgling Greek navy
  Freedom or Death HMS Surprise is vastly outnumbered and so runs before before brutal Turk invasions
1824 The Fireships of Gerontas The seafaring patriots of Hydra, Spetses and Psara employ the most terrifying of weapons, fireships
1824 The Aftermath of Devastation Will the severely damaged Surprise be hulked or even broken up?
1825 Mathew Jelbert After delivering her secret cargo of the Tsar's gold, Surprise is unable to outrun a closing Turk fleet.
1825 The Tears of Despair The stalwarts of the barky struggle to summon the courage and determination to return once more to the fray​
  Terror in the Gloaming HMS Surprise is ordered to aid the Greek defenders of Missolonghi which is about to runs out of powder
  The End of Dreams The barky is attacked by Turkish frigates

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