In Distant Waters

In Distant Waters

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This eighth Nathaniel Drinkwater book is set in Cape Horn where Captain Drinkwater is to prevent the Russians going north of the Spanish Californian colonies. Richard Woodman also wrote "An Eye of the Fleet", "A King's Cutter", "A Brig of War", "A Bomb Vessel", "1805" and "Baltic Mission".
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 106.68 x 175.26 x 20.32mm | 181.44g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747402450
  • 9780747402459

About Richard Woodman

Richard Woodman was born in London in 1944. He became an indentured midshipman in cargo liners at 16 and has sailed in a variety of ships, serving from apprentice to captain. He remains a professional sailor and in 1978 won the Marine Society's Harmer Award. 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.
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Shifting international alliances send H.M.S. Patrician and Captain Drinkwater (The Bomb Vessel, Decision at Trafalgar) sailing around the Horn to protect His Majesty's interests in California, where Russians lurk in the preindustrial fog. It's 1807 and the Corsican monster is stirring up trouble in Europe, while Czarist loyalties are shifting from England to France. If Captain Nathaniel Drinkwater had better social connections, he'd probably be in the thick of Continental action. Instead, he has been sent off with his unlucky ship and a rebellious crew to sail round South America and restake Sir Francis Drake's shaky old claim to the North American Pacific coast - where the Spanish have a grip on everything up to San Francisco, and the Russians are eying everything else. Gloomy Captain Drinkwater - still smarting from an embarrassing run-in with a Danish ship and brooding over the hanging of a crewman - has the devil of a time getting through the Straits of Magellan. At last northbound, the Patrician sinks a Spanish ship and rescues her crew. The indignant Spanish skipper clearly has it in for Drinkwater and, sure enough, later violates his parole in California and swipes Patrician. Drinkwater lands in prison, and Patrician winds up in Russian hands. The Captain's fate rests in the slim white hands of the Spanish governor's enchantingly beautiful daughter. . . It's awfully easy to get tangled up in all the sheets, halyards, and spinnakers anytime the weather kicks up. But, fortunately, there's also enough smooth sailing here for lubbers to follow the swashbuckling without too much trouble. Quite dashing. (Kirkus Reviews)
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