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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Historical
  • Language:English
  • Pages:170
  • eBook ISBN:9781623095208

Dangerous Waters

The Wreck of The Nottingham Galley

by Richard Warner

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Overview
Dangerous Waters: The Wreck of the Nottingham Galley is a suspenseful historically based fiction novel relating the events that led to the notorious Wreck of the privateer ship the Nottingham Galley off of Boon Island in Maine in the early 1700s. The tale features the dashing Captain, an enticing love interest, espionage, colorful English folk, and the wreck and the survival of the crew. The story tells of the quiet desperation of Deane who intelligently attempts to rescue his career and reputation after the wreck as well as his employment as a spy in the Russian Navy. The novel is supported by appendices including a lengthy bibliography of historical research, Jasper Deane's narrative of the wreck from 1711, and Christopher Langman's contradictory account of the voyage from 1711 in which he blames Deane for intentionally sinking the ship.
Description
Dangerous Waters: The Wreck of the Nottingham Galley is a suspenseful historically based novel relating the events that led to the notorious Wreck of the privateer ship the Nottingham Galley off of Boon Island in Maine in the early 1700s. Conflicting reports of the shipwreck from the 1700's have baffled historians for years with controversial descriptions regarding the cause and nature of the events casting a dark shadow over the legacy of Captain John Deane. Well researched by Warner, a history professor who specialized in maritime history and is well known for his academic publications of the subject, Dangerous Waters tells the fictionalized tale of John Deane, the events leading up to the fateful voyage, the wreck, and the aftermath. The tale features the dashing captain, an enticing love interest, espionage, colorful English folk, and the wreck and the survival of the crew. The story is built upon the quiet desperation of Deane, a former English Navy Captain trying to make his way as a merchant captain. With tremendous intelligence and daring, Deane attempts to rescue his career and reputation after the wreck which culminating in his employment as a spy in the Russian Navy. Warner writes with an acute understanding of the strategies employed by the politicos of the time period, as only an expert in the field can. He brings the characters from Deane to the lowliest of servants to life through deed and dialogue that is believable and immensely entertaining. Warner's insight into the time period, characters, and events surrounding the wreck and the time period are humorous, suspenseful, and intriguing. The novel is supported by appendices including a lengthy bibliography of historical research, Jasper Deane's narrative of the wreck from 1711, and Christopher Langman's account of the voyage from 1711 in which he blames Deane for intentionally sinking the ship.
About the author
Richard H. Warner was a professor emeritus of history at University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he specialized in Russian naval and maritime history in the age of Peter the Great. He is coeditor of Boon Island, including Contemporary Accounts of the Wreck of the Nottingham Galley, University Press of New England, 1996. He has published articles on John Deane in Studies in Maritime History, the New Dictionary of National Biography, and The New England Quarterly. His biography entitled Captain John Deane: Mercenary, Diplomat, and Spy was published in 2008 by The Northern Mariner/Le Marin du Nord. At the time of his death he was preparing John Deane’s History of the Russian Fleet under Peter the Great and his reports and correspondence from Russia for publication by the Navy Records Society.
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