The Jackass Frigate by Alaric Bond

Just finished reading this excellent novel which deserves to be better known. It has a lot of well developed characters which gives good insight at all levels of the ships company and contains probably the best description of the Battle of Cape St. Vincent I’ve read in a fiction novel. It also seems to have a well developed back story for the characters as you get hints of their past on the ‘Proteus’ which leaves you wanting to know more. If you haven’t read it, I recommend it and I’m looking forward to the sequel.

HMS Victory

There have been news articles about the possible sale of HMS Victory although the Second Sea Lord has insisted the review of Victory’s funding does not condemn her.

Vice Admiral Alan Massey said: ‘We’re extremely proud of HMS Victory. This unique warship is at the heart of the Royal Navy and there has never been any suggestion of giving her away or decommissioning the ship.’

A decision over her future will be made some time next year. Meanwhile Portsmouth councillors and prospective MP’s have set up an e-petition on the Number 10 website.

This ship is part of our national heritage and should not be privatised