|Painting entitled "Squadron at Sea"|
Leading ship is a reconstructed central-battery ironclad of the 1874 "Kaiser" class
|A first step towards a naval career - a worried cadet, aged about 13, prepares to|
leave home. Interesting that it is a maid, rather than a family member, who helps him pack
|Fun in the gunroom - cadets enjoying themselves on board a training vessel|
|Boy recruits for the lower deck scrubbing - not too clear what! Clothing or stools?|
|A nap on deck for an exhausted recruit- hard to imagine this lasting for long!|
Note blackened soles of feet!
|Instruction by an older seaman|
|Sunday religious service conducted by a Lutheran chaplain|
|Young sailors dancing hornpipes - not sure if doing so voluntarily or under orders!|
|Christmas overseas - note tree in background|
|Training ship SMS Gneisenau (of Bismarck class of iron flush-decked corvettes),|
commissioned 1880 but wrecked in Malaga harbour, Spain, during a storm
in 1900. The captain and forty others died.
Britannia’s Shark by Antoine Vanner
1881 and the power of the British Empire seems unchallengeable.
But now a group of revolutionaries threaten the economic basis of that power. Their weapon is the invention of a naïve genius, their sense of grievance is implacable and their leader is already proven in the crucible of war. Protected by powerful political and business interests, conventional British military or naval power cannot touch them. A daring act of piracy draws the ambitious British naval officer, Nicholas Dawlish, and his wife into this deadly maelstrom. Amid the wealth and squalor of America’s Gilded Age, and on a fever-ridden island ruled by savage tyranny success – and survival –will demand making some very strange alliances...
Britannia’s Shark brings historic naval fiction into the dawn of the Submarine Age.