The Midshipman's Progress

The Midshipman's Progress

by William Bertram

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This play revolves around a young innocent recruit into the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic wars. It concentrates on his attitude to his fellow shipmates and the new adult life that he has been suddenly thrust into. This play seeks to immerse readers into the main character's transition from boy to man, warts and all, the whole story semi fictitiously wrapped up in humorous but earthy narrative.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044591875
Publisher: William Bertram
Publication date: 06/17/2013
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 108 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

About the AuthorThis year William Bertram has been living in Plymouth for over twenty years, he originally arrived with nothing except an old car and a suitcase and it was a tossup as to which was the more battered. Attending Plymouth University for his degree in Maritime History and Marine Technology, a step nearer to his becoming a teacher. Eventually equipped with his PGCE from the University College of St Mark and St John, he left the ranks of the great unwashed. Meantime he satisfied his academic curiosity and his need to eat, by becoming a guide at Plymouth Naval Base Museum and a receptionist at Fort Bovisand. His dissertation on the sailing qualities of 19th century warships was rapidly accepted and broadcast on Television and Radio as well as being published in the New Scientist and in journals around the world.The next years were fulfilling as a teacher, but retirement threatened and so William returned to his major academic love, maritime history, luckily he was in a city steeped in the past glories of her relationship with the sea. It was at this point in William’s history that he decided to write books based on the history of England and its seafaring people.Resolving to write a mixture of factual and fiction books that progress through several generations of the same family, he centred his rags to riches stories around the Brown family. Using factual evidence, he interwove the characters around 18th century history and streets. This clearly involved many long days of research and fact-finding, however, eventually he wrote his first novel and swiftly followed it with two more in rapid succession.Nevertheless, all three books which William wrote are based on an 18th century seafaring family who are clearly fictional, however, this can never be said of the novel’s background, here William has meticulously used old maps, drawings and records to build up an historic environment for his characters to exist in. He has even taken photographs of the streets and places mentioned in the stories and these are to be found on his web site, ( with the four plays that have been also been composed, these also revolve about the same family, but are set in different centuries, yet all involve the seagoing Brown family and all deal with a period of historical significance. The only exception to this, is the play about HMS Bounty, which tries to relate a new theory about the mutiny.

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