Peter Padfield

Peter Padfield was born in British India but educated in England. After service as a navigating officer in P&O liners to India and Australia, he sailed in the replica seventeenth-century bark, Mayflower II, on her recreation of the Pilgrim Fathers' voyage. Subsequently he worked a passage to the Pacific and sailed local craft in the Solomon Islands. He has since made his name as a naval historian. The second volume of this present trilogy earned him the Mountbatten Maritime Prize.