Historic Naval Fiction is pleased to have obtained an Interview with William H. White whose new novel in the Edward Ballantyne series, Gun Bay, will be available shortly.
What can you tell us about your new novel Gun Bay without spoiling the plot for readers?
Well, the climax of the story is no secret; 10 ships – 9 merchants and 1 RN frigate – foundered on the reef at the eastern end of Grand Cayman Island in 1794. It is called, to this day, “The wreck of the ten sail” so no surprises there. The story details Edward Ballantyne’s arrival on board HMS Convert, the formerly French frigate that is assigned to escort the 58 ship convoy from Port Royal Jamaica to England. He sails from England in October 1793 as supernumerary in a 64 . . . and so it begins. All manner of fictitious and real events conspire to land him on the reef.