Richard Woodman was born in London and 1944, and spent over thirty years at sea, eleven of them in command. He retired in 1997 to write full time. His main work is 14 volumes about the career of Nathaniel Drinkwater, but he has also written shorter books about James Dunbar, William Kite and Kit Faulkner. He has written a range of factual books about 18th century and WW2 history, as well as ten fiction books. Woodman is a correspondent for the shipping newspaper Lloyd’s List, and works on the Corporate Board of Trinity House. He has won several awards including the Marine Society’s Harmer Award in 1978, and more recently the Society for Nautical Research’s Anderson Medal in 2005.