This is a well written, comprehensive and thoroughly researched book. As someone whose knowledge of maritime history is verging on nonexistent I was fascinated by the detail of everyday life on board ship and the battles of which again I had hardly any knowledge. It has been a voyage of discovery for me. John Inglis himself is portrayed very well, he is not a one dimensional character at all and the author has been very fair and unbiased in the assessment of him and his career.
Due to my lack of knowledge I would have appreciated a graphic time line of historical events against his life events, and maps of the American and Dutch coasts to locate places more easily would also have been helpful.
It is a well researched book, complete with a full set of source data and bibliography.
by Anne D
Former Director of the Scottish Maritime Museum and Member of the UK National Historic Ships Committee. He retired in 2013 after a career in Education, Local Government, and Museums. He is a qualified teacher and experienced lecturer with a Masters Degree in Naval History. His area of research for the last nineteen years has been the Royal Navy from the start of the Seven Years War until the end of the Napoleonic Wars.
He lives in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.