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Hello and welcome to my web site! Here you will find a listing of my books, a synopsis of each, and reviews which should aid you in selecting which you will want to read first! Also you will notice there are direct links to the sites where you can actually part with some of your hard-earned money to buy any or all of them! You can also learn more than you probably want to know about me, but there it is!

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Cover art by noted marine artist Paul Garnett

The 1812 Trilogy:
A Press of Canvas
A Fine Tops'l Breeze
The Evening Gun

Oliver Baldwin Series:
The Greater the Honor
In Pursuit of Glory

Edward Ballantyne Series:
When Fortune Frowns
Gun Bay

Non-Fiction:
“...our flag was still there”

News and Events

My new book Gun Bay - An Edward Ballantyne Novel
is now available! Gun Bay tells the story, in the voice of Lieutenant Edward Ballantyne, of his arrival in Port Royal, Jamaica, having sailed from England following the court martial of the Bounty mutineers. Hurricanes and difficult shipmates, duels and civilian ship masters make life interesting. We learn how a formerly French frigate became HMS Convert and a unit of the Royal Navy, suffer with Edward through the trials and tribulations of manning the ship in Port Royal and be ready in time to lead the convoy to its disastrous ending on Grand Cayman.
Order it today on We are sure you will enjoy it!

Upcoming Speaking Engagements & Book Signings:

  1. In April, on the 26th, I will be at the Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY talking and signing books for the National Maritime Historical Society. Books will be available there also. The Public is invited. Coffee is at 10:30 am. Presentation begins at 11:00 am. Please contact the National Maritime Historical Society at 914-737-7878, ext. 0 or email nmhs@seahistory.org if you plan to attend. A $5 donation is appreciated. If you would also like to join us for lunch following the presentation, it is $22 prepaid, with cash bar. Reservations are required.

    I will be participating on a panel at the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) at the Lake Erie Museum in Erie PA on 16 MAY and delivering a short lecture on the writing of our National Anthem. Each of the panelists will speak for 15-20 minutes and then discuss elements of 1812 maritime history with the audience. The panel will be chaired by eminent historian Dr. William Dudley of Maryland. It promises to be an illuminating and entertaining morning.

    On 6 JUNE 2014, I will be the featured speaker at the English Speaking Union's fund raiser in at the Community Center in Monmouth Beach NJ, I would I'magine that event will get underway around 1800 (6PM) and while I am not yet certain of what topic I WIll speak on, it will most likely be informative and entertaining. As the event Is a fund raiser, there will be a charge for admission, but you'll likely be able to have a drink and maybe a cracker. I will update this notice as I learn more about their event.

Watch this site for news of the War of 1812 Bicentennial events. It will continue into 2015, ending with a re-enactment of the Battle of New Orleans in January of that year. We will post events of general interest in this space.