The HMS Surprise is arguably one of the most well-known vessels in naval fiction. It features in Patrick O'Brian's celebrated series of sea stories that focus on the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey and his ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin that are set during the Napoleonic Wars.
However, this 28-gun frigate had an equally eventful real career serving in both the French and Royal Navies following her capture by HMS Inconstant in 1796.
This book is a collaboration written by one of the world's leading naval historians Brian Lavery and Geoff Hunt, the current president of the Royal Society of Marine Artists and it reveals the complete career history and commentary of HMS Surprise in both her historical and fictional roles.
It is illustrated with over 50 historical illustrations, maps and photographs as well as some commissioned and prepartory sketches by Hunt.
Published in December by Conway Maritime (an imprint of Anova Books) priced £30.00 in hardback. ISBN 978-1-844860746