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!