Great Britain has for many centuries been one of the world’s great sea-faring nations. The Royal Navy has defended her territory and the merchant fleet has been instrumental in creating the nation’s wealth. The courage, industry and exploits of many of her sailors and the names of the ships in which they served have become legends. However, the sea has also provided the backdrop to great crimes and for Murder on the High Seas, the author has selected murders that have been committed in many parts of the globe over a period of more than one hundred years.The motives behind these crimes have included revenge, lust, greed and survival. Nevertheless, they share one common feature as all of those accused of responsibility were brought back to Great Britain to stand trial. Among these fascinating accounts is a description of the trial of the survivors of a shipwreck who killed and fed on a shipmate. Also included is the murder by slavers of several Royal Navy seamen who were part of the West Africa Squadron, formed to put an end to the slave trade of the South Atlantic.
|234 x 156 mm
|15 December 2014
|22 black-and-white illustrations
John Conen was brought up in London and Worthing, and pursued a career in human resources management. He has a keen interest in London’s history and particularly its ordeal in World War 2. However he has a wide range of interests, having published ‘Bamberg and Franconia: Germany’s Brewing Heartland’ for which he was awarded the Budweiser Budvar John White Travel Bursary in the British Guild of Beer Writers’ 2010 awards. He has also published ‘Larkswood School 1906-2006’, celebrating the centenary of his primary school. John is married and lives in Buckinghamshire.