Ebb Tide: #14 A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel

Author:   Richard Woodman
Publisher:   Rowman & Littlefield
Volume:   14
ISBN:  

9781574091045


Pages:   224
Publication Date:   01 May 2002
Format:   Paperback
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It is 1843 and Captain Nathaniel Sir Drinkwater embarks on the paddle-steamer Vestal for an inspection of lighthouses on the west coast of England. Bowed with age and honors, the old sea officer has been drawn from retirement on half-pay to fulfill his public duty. The following day, tragedy strikes, and Drinkwater is confronted with his past life: his sins and follies, his triumphs and his disasters. Drawing on a true incident, Richard Woodman deftly concludes the career of his sea hero. Drinkwater's complex character is revealed in its entirety. Far from being the reminiscences of an old man, the novel skillfully weaves the past with the present; the personal tensions below decks, the straining creak of a man-of-war under sail, the crack of a cannon shot and the plaintive mews of the trailing gulls are never far away. To the end, Nathaniel Drinkwater's life is full of incident and the unexpected, so typical of the sea officers of his day.

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Author:   Richard Woodman
Publisher:   Rowman & Littlefield
Imprint:   Sheridan House
Volume:   14
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 1.90cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.345kg
ISBN:  

9781574091045


ISBN 10:   1574091042
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   01 May 2002
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Woodman knows his ships and the sea and is a craftsman of great ability. * Guernsey Evening Press * Brilliantly told ...the characters are real and lively, the language similar; but above all it is a convincing and compulsive seafaring story * Oxford Times *


Woodman knows his ships and the sea and is a craftsman of great ability. Guernsey Evening Press Brilliantly told ...the characters are real and lively, the language similar; but above all it is a convincing and compulsive seafaring story Oxford Times


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Captain Richard Martin Woodman retired in 1997 from a 37-year nautical caree. Woodman's Nathaniel Drinkwater e series is often compared to the work of the late Patrick O'Brian. Unlike many other modern naval historical novelists, such as C.S. Forester or O'Brian, he has served afloat. He went to sea at the age of sixteen as an indentured midshipman and has spent eleven years in command. His experience ranges from cargo-liners to ocean weather ships and specialist support vessels as well as yachts, square-riggers, and trawlers. Said Lloyd's List of his work: As always, Richard Woodman's story is closely based on actual historical events All this we have come to expect --and he adds that special ambience of colourful credibility which makes his nautical novels such rattling good reads.

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