This is the true story of the great sea captains who spent long, arduous years away from their homes fighting for king and country, to win and hold control of the seas. Extraordinary characters stride across the pages - men whose youth, energy and ability to take chances at wartime made them household names. Some, like Warren, Pellew, Cochrane and Collingwood, are still renowned, while others are almost unknown today. Yet their brave and brilliant exploits deserve recognition and Woodman pulls them out from under the long shadow of the greatest naval hero of all, Horatio Nelson.
Richard Woodman served an apprenticeship in cargo-liners, qualified as a navigator and spent another eleven years at sea as a commander. His passion for the sea is reflected in his prolific output, which includes works of both fiction (the Nathaniel Drinkwater series) and non-fiction (recently, The Sea Warriors, published by Constable). Richard Woodman spent over 30 years at sea. His prolific output includes fiction (Nathaniel Drinkwater series) and non-fiction (recently, The Sea Warriors). Richard Woodman is best known for his Nathaniel Drinkwater series of historical naval novels. Born in London in 1944 Richard joined his first ship at the age of 16 and spent over 30 years at sea. Married with two adult children, he lives in Harwich.