John Edmund Singleton Renfrew Taylor was called up for active duty at the start of World War II, joining the RNVR. He started out as captain of a minesweeper and then commanded a destroyer on N. Atlantic convoy escorts before he was brought ashore with the remit of finding vessels to be used as blockships for the Mulberry Harbour after the D Day landings, overseeing the sinking of these ships in Normandy. He rose to the rank of Lt. Commander and was mentioned in despatches in 1944, leaving the service at the end of hostilities. 

After the war, he became active with the Sea Cadets and was District Commanding Officer for the East Midlands. He died in 1992 at the age of 82..

AOS Privateer Fiction

Series: Broadbank

Year  Book  Comment
1810 By Force of Arms Ex-East Indiaman captain Broadbank mans a schooner privateer in the Channel and Atlantic.
1812 At Close Quarters Broadbank with the privateer Avenger joins in the War of 1812

Modern Era Naval Fiction

Series: n/a

Year  Book  Comment
WWII Northern Escort A destroyer on a mission to escort convoys to Murmansk
1944 The Last Passage The preparation, assembly and sinking of the blockships for the Mulberry harbours

Modern Era Other Non Fiction

Series: n/a

Year  Book  Comment
  Of Ships and Seamen An early post-war survey of merchant ships and shipping

 

 

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