Henley Offshore Talk – The Wooden World

The Henley Offshore Group will be holding its final sailing talk of 2021 on Wednesday 8 December at 8pm at Henley Rugby Club.

Philip Allan will be the speaker at the December talk.  He studied the 18th century navy as part of his history degree at London University and these studies awoke a lifelong passion for the period. A longstanding member of the Society for Nautical Research, he is also a keen sailor and writes for the US Naval Institute’s magazine Naval History.

He is author of the Alexander Clay series of naval fiction set in the age of sail. The first book in the series, The Captain’s Nephew, was published in January 2018, and immediately went into the Amazon top 100 bestseller list for Sea Adventures. He has now published nine books in that series, as well as Sea of Wolves, a novel set in the Second World War.

The talk entitled ‘The Wooden World’ is about the Royal Navy in the 18th Century including the ships, the men and life below decks. Amongst other topics will be Joseph Harrison and the Longitude problem and James Lin’s cure for the scurvy.

More details about Philip can be found on his website at www.philipkallan.com

The talk is free to attend to non-members.