Days of Sail - Sea Stories of the Napoleonic Era

The primary interest for most authors seems to be the role of captain. The independence of command at this time gives the author scope and often the ship is on detached service. Senior rank presents problems as suspension of disbelief is strained when fitting fictional fleet actions into a historic context. Forester addresses this by having Hornblower promoted at the end of the war while Douglas Reeman, writing as Alexander Kent, takes the risk with Richard Bolitho holding flag rank in eleven novels.

Most authors place their characters in the Royal Navy but service in a King's ship isn't universal as we also find the occasional ventures into privateering and the Honourable East India Company's small naval service the Bombay Marine.

The menu above lists the characters in alphabetical order but the best place to start is probably with Horatio Hornblower