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After inheriting a diary written by a 19th century ship's cook, together with a handwritten will and USA naturalisation papers I was inspired to tell the story of the voyage of the Wave Queen, a merchant vessel, from Shoreham, England to Valparaiso, Chile in the year 1872. Three years of research and the book became a fictional adventure story based on fact. The hero, Charles Hamilton-Bashford is an eighteen year old Eton School-boy. He recklessly squanders his five thousand pound annual allowance and being hard-pressed for the payment of his debts, begs his father to give him an advance. On refusal he in his desperation steals and forges his father's cheque to settle his debts. Charles' father, a retired Major and a respected Magistrate, discovers the forgery and sends Charles to serve on a cargo ship separating him from his sweetheart, Florry. Charles escapes before the ship sails, and reaches his aunt 's London home only to be recaptured and sent back to the Wave Queen. Meanwhile Florry is propelled into a series of tumultuous events. What adventures will befall them ? Will he return to England? Will he ever be re-united with Florry?