Hi – my name is Richard Hiscocks. I first became engaged with naval history when my parents bought me the Hornblower books in my early teens. Soon afterwards I came across ‘Post Captain’ by the brilliant Patrick O’Brian and I became totally hooked on the Georgian navy. When I should have been studying for my ‘A’ levels and a shot at university I instead found myself delving into James, Clowes and the Naval Chronicle. In the ensuing forty years I’ve spent far too much time researching this subject and this website is now the result.

However – just to let you know that I’m not a total anorak I do have other passions beyond my family, friends and Nelson and his mates. Click here to see what they are!