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BookPick: Letters of Seamen in the Wars with France

Behind my decision to begin the Kydd series with a common seaman, rather than an officer, was my curiousity about (and admiration for) that tiny handful of men who crossed the great social divide in the eighteenth century from before the mast as a seaman to the quarterdeck as a king’s officer. In the bitter […]

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BookPicks: Man and the Sea

I’ve selected three BookPicks, separated in time from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries. Although spanning half a millenium, together they deal with a number of important aspects of man’s relationship with the sea – courage facing danger in the exploration of the unknown; the struggle for supremacy of the oceans throughout much of our […]

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The Weymouth Leviathan Maritime Literary Festival

The picturesque town of Weymouth is situated in the county of Dorset on the south coast of England. It has a long and proud history, with a number of maritime, sporting – and royal – connections. In 1583 Captain Richard Clark departed from there to join Sir Humphrey Gilbert in his discovery of Newfoundland. In […]

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BookPick: Britain’s Heritage Coast Exmouth to Plymouth

Kathy and I moved to Devon a dozen years ago and we know we’re privileged to live in one of the nation’s loveliest regions, with superb coastal and maritime vistas at almost every turn. The regular tweeted photographs from @GaryHolpin rarely fail to brighten my day, especially those with a salty bent. Says Gary: ‘I’m […]

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BookPick: A Christmas Double Helping

Kathy always tells me men are hard to busy presents for – so here are two suggestions for Christmas gifts for males with an interest in the maritime world: Early Ships and Seafaring and The Royal Navy and the War at Sea 1914-1919. The former covers the earliest days of water transport up to the […]

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BookPick: The Gathering Storm

[To leave a comment or reply go to box at the end of the page] This year sees the 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War. Many excellent books are being published on various aspects of this terrible conflict and from time to time I’ll highlight some of these in BookPick, beginning […]

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Ask BigJules: Rates and Ranks at Sea

[To leave a comment or reply go to box at the end of the page] I’ve had questions from a number of readers recently asking about the different rates and ranks in Kydd’s day, so herewith a ready reference. In the Georgian Navy the main division was between officer and seaman. There were very few […]

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BookPick: A Century of Sea Travel

[To leave a comment or reply go to box at the end of the page] Christopher Deakes and Tom Stanley are well qualified as authors of a book such as this. Deakes worked for many years as a shipping agent and over the years amassed a large collection of shipping postcards. Stanley’s background is as […]

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‘I always return to the Kydd series’

[To leave a comment or reply go to box at the end of the page] The March Reader of the Month is 19-year-old Marcus Brandenborg Bjørn from Denmark, keen sailor and Kydd fan! Kathy and I had the pleasure of meeting Marcus during our recent location research trip to Denmark Where did your love of […]

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BookPick: Lord Nelson’s Swords

[To leave a comment or reply go to box at the end of the page] Regular readers of my blog may recall an earlier post mentioning that Sim Comfort would be bringing out a book on Nelson’s swords. I’ve just heard from Sim that the book will be released mid-March. He’s set up to take […]

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