This is arguably not an historical novel, since all the action takes place in 2006/7. However, it is the story of a haunted yacht, Dark Echo, and of course ghosts have a past, in this case from the 1920s. Actually it is not a ghost but the figure who turns up quite frequently in contemporary fiction: the man who has sold his soul to the Devil in return for eternal life.
I am not usually sympathetic with the supernatural and did not expect to enjoy this book, but it proved a very good read, after the initial suspension of disbelief. The characters are convincing, the settings authentic and it is well paced, with room for slow menace as well as hectic action. Give it a try.