Antoine Vanner

About me

Antoine Vanner writes historic naval fiction set in the Late-Victorian period. His novels are set in an era of rapid political and technological change and all have an element of strong moral ambiguity. Real events provide the backgrounds and real historical personages play significant roles. Vanner spent many years – some dangerous – in international business and he still travels extensively on a private basis.

Four novels have been published so far in the Dawlish Chronicles Series:

Britannia’s Wolf (Turkey 1877-78)

Britannia’s Reach (Paraguay 1880)

Britannia’s Shark (USA & Cuba 1881)

Britannia’s Spartan (Korea 1882)

The next novel is due for publication in late 2016

From my website

HMS Hero – the Player’s “Navy Cut” battleship

HMS Hero – the Player’s “Navy Cut” battleship HMS Hero and her sister, HMS Conqueror, both commissioned in the late 1880s, were described by Dr.Oscar Parkes, the ultimate authority on British battleships, as  “two of the most useless turret ships ever built for the Navy”. Despite this damning evaluation, which…

Almirante Lynch – first sinking by torpedo, 1891

Almirante Lynch – first sinking by torpedo, 1891 The appearance of the successful self-propelled torpedo occurred in the mid-1870s, at the same time as light, efficient steam engines allowed the development of a new type of warship, the torpedo boat. Fast by the standards of the time – typically 18…

Bayonnaise and HMS Ambuscade action, 1798

The Bayonnaise and HMS Ambuscade action, 1798 On my blog and website, I have dealt several times with single-ship actions during the Age of Fighting Sail, the protagonists being mainly British and French, though the Americans do figure in 1812-15. In most cases British victory over the French seems to have…

 
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