This chapter in my book takes us up to a fascinating period in the life of HMS Temeraire, the ship immortalised in Turner's painting The Fighting Temeraire. The aftermath of the Battle of Trafalgar of 1805 is not well known. From May 1809-August 1811 HMS Temeraire served in the Baltic as part an an enormous British naval fleet sent to police that crucial sea and to interfere with Napoleon's plans to dominate Europe....
My commentary on my book the Fighting Temeraire, which explores the history of the ship in Turner's most famous painting, continues! We are now up to Chapter 5 'The Blockading Temeraire' which covers the crucial period of history from July 1799-October 1801 in which the Temeriare is part of the Channel Fleet sent to blockade the French fleet in their harbour in Brest.
The personal narrative of my history of the ship in Turner's most famous painting 'The Fighting Temeraire' continues with Chapter 4. In this chapter the book continues to 1793 with the advent of the French Revolution and the construction of an enormous new Second-Rate ship of the line - the 'new' HMS Temeraire which was the ship that went on to fight at the Battle of Trafalgar.
A Personal Commentary on my book, The Fighting Temeraire, a book which tells the story of the ship in Turner's famous painting. Introduction.
There I was minding my own business fishing when I met a man who told me a wonderful story...you won't believe your ears.
I talk to photographer Chris Chapman about a fascinating mystery that links churches on Dartmoor with 7th-century China, all along the Silk Road.
Jim Causley is a folk singer and musician from Devon who specializes in the traditional songs and music of the West Country. Hailing from the village of Whimple in East Devon, Causley was born in Exeter and is a relative of the Cornish poet Charles Causley.
Jon Morrice is the Producer and Director of Handmade on the Silk Road, a 3-part documentary and companion piece to the Silk Road series that was released earlier this year on BBC Four. Each episode follows a day in the life of a master craftsman. You can watch clips taken from the episodes right here.