Stockwin’s Maritime Miscellany

B1555

Lt Cdr Julian Stockwin MBE is perhaps best known for the excellent stories following the careers of two fiction naval characters during the Napoleonic War. These absorbing tales bring to life the Navy of Nelson and feature some novel new plots and backgrounds that have made the Kydd series an international best seller, translated into a growing number of languages and attracting an expanding readership. This new book is a delight and a labour of love.

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NAME: Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany
CLASSIFICATION: Book Reviews
FILE: R1555
DATE: 220609
AUTHOR: Julian Stockwin
PUBLISHER: Ebury Press
BINDING: Hard back
PAGES: 216
PRICE: GB £12.99
GENRE: Non fiction
SUBJECT: Georgian Navy, Royal Navy, wooden walls, Nelson, Napoleonic
Wars, Revolutionary Wars, ships, technol;ogy, social history, Kydd, 
naval museums, ship museums, Renzi, Port Mystic, share riggers, 
Golden Age of Sail
ISBN: 978-0-09-193066-0
IMAGE: B1555.jpg
LINKS: http://tinyurl.com/ 
DESCRIPTION: Lt Cdr Julian Stockwin MBE is perhaps best known for the
excellent stories following the careers of two fiction naval 
characters during the Napoleonic War. These absorbing tales bring to 
life the Navy of Nelson and feature some novel new plots and 
backgrounds that have made the Kydd series an international best 
seller, translated into a growing number of languages and attracting
an expanding readership. This new book is a delight and a labour of 
love. The author has been involved with the sea all of his life, 
serving in the Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy. Through his 
working life and his more recent career as a writer, he has collected
a huge amount of information. From this fund of knowledge, he has 
selected a collection of facts and anecdotes, details of events and 
museums, insights into the life of seaman during the golden period of
sail in the reign of George III. The diversity of information and the
fascinating explanations of the background to commonly used words and
phrases, such as 'high and dry' and 'first rate', will appeal to a 
very wide readership. The greatest service the author has done is to 
fill in the blanks in fictional and non-fictional naval history. These
are the facts that every writer has to discover and understand to be 
able to write a book that appears authentic and engages the reader. 
Used in this way, the information shines through in parts of the text
without really providing a full explanation. Stockwin's Maritime 
Miscellany draws out the flesh of these skeletons. What has made the a
author's stories of Kydd and Renzi so popular is that the tales have 
a truly authentic feel, even for a reader who is just standing into 
the historical novel of the days of sail and the legend of Nelson. 
To achieve this authenticity, the author has travelled to a new 
location each year to research for the next eagerly awaited episode 
in the career of Kydd and Renzi. Being able to see a scene much as it
was two hundred years ago, to experience the scent and the sound, the
touch of artefacts from the period. This provides the library of 
pictures from which the author writes. One of the most interesting 
aspects of this new book is that those who have read the tales of 
Kydd can see some of the lesser-known facts that have been woven into
the fictional tale and to see how real-life has contributed to art. 
The book also shows how much scope there is to continue the fictional
tales. Avid readers will be speculating on which innovative plot and 
setting will be used in the next instalment of the pressed wigmaker, 
commissioned and given command and of his close friend Renzi. Stockwin's 
Maritime Miscellany is a very worthwhile book and one that no 
self-respecting enthusiast of the period can afford to be without. 
Colour is used only on the dust jacket, but the body of the book 
contains many drawings, sketches and reproductions of engravings and 
paintings of the period. The standard of reproduction is good and the
images add to the text. Although the core of the content is of the 
Royal Navy during the time of Nelson, the author has started much 
early and not confined himself to British material. One very useful 
table, entitled 'Size Matters' starts with Columbus's smallest ship and
takes examples through to the giant nuclear carrier USS George H W 
Bush and the Dubai-based super-tanker 'Knock Nevis'

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