The National Maritime Historical Society
Invites You to Join Us for
“Wreck of the Ten Sail”
A Presentation & Book Signing
with Award-Winning Historical Novelist William H. White
Saturday, 26 April, 2014
Coffee is at 10:30 am. Presentation begins at 11:00 am.
Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548
Award-winning historical novelist William H. White will host a special presentation and book signing of his new Edward Ballantyne novel Gun Bay, which tells the story of 10 British ships shipwrecked off Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean in 1794. They were part of a convoy of fifty-eight ships that had left Jamaica only a few days prior bound for North America and England.
Edward Ballantyne, White’s fictitious narrator from When Fortune Frowns, returns to tell the story of this disastrous event, still well-known in Cayman folklore. Laced with White’s realistic language of the period, his knowledge of sailing ships, and understanding of offshore navigation, Gun Bay is an exciting and entertaining read not just for aficionados of the genre, but of anyone seeking a great adventure tale.
William H. White has been a historian specializing in maritime heritage and American involvement in the Age of Sail for most of his adult life. A life-long sailor himself, he continues to sail and race actively in his home waters.
He served as an officer in the United States Navy and serves on the board of trustees of the USS Constitution Museum in Boston and the Lynx Educational Foundation. He has been named a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, a trustee of Operation Sail, Inc. and is an overseer of the National Maritime Historical Society.
The public is invited. Please contact the National Maritime Historical Society at 914-737-7878, ext. 0 if you plan to attend. A $5 donation is appreciated. If you would also like to join us for lunch following the presentation, it is $22 prepaid, with cash bar. Reservations required.