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DAVID DAVIES, formerly Deputy Headmaster of Bedford Modern School, is the country's leading historian of the navy of this period and the author of the critically-acclaimed Gentlemen and Tarpaulins.

Former Chairman of the Naval Dockyards Society. Chair, Research and Programmes Committee, the Society for Nautical Research. Chair, Media, Marketing and Membership Committee, the Navy Records Society

Shortlisted for the Mountbatten Literary Award for Britannia's Dragon: A Naval History of Wales. Winner of the Samuel Pepys Prize for Pepys's Navy: Ships, Men and Warfare 1649-89.