Dudley Pope
Overview
 
Dudley Bernard Egerton Pope (29 December 1925 – 25 April 1997) was a British writer of both nautical fiction and history, most notable for his Lord Ramage
Lord Ramage
Nicholas, Lord Ramage was the fictional character at the centre of a series of sea novels written by Dudley Pope. Ramage was an officer in the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars.-Early life:...

 series of historical novels. Greatly inspired by C.S. Forester, Pope was one of the most successful authors to explore the genre of nautical fiction, often compared to Patrick O'Brian
Patrick O'Brian
Patrick O'Brian, CBE , born Richard Patrick Russ, was an English novelist and translator, best known for his Aubrey–Maturin series of novels set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars and centred on the friendship of English Naval Captain Jack Aubrey and the Irish–Catalan physician Stephen...

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Dudley Pope was born in Ashford
Ashford, Kent
Ashford is a town in the borough of Ashford in Kent, England. In 2005 it was voted the fourth best place to live in the United Kingdom. It lies on the Great Stour river, the M20 motorway, and the South Eastern Main Line and High Speed 1 railways. Its agricultural market is one of the most...

, Kent. By concealing his age he joined the Home Guard aged 14 and at age 16 joined the merchant navy
Merchant Navy
The Merchant Navy is the maritime register of the United Kingdom, and describes the seagoing commercial interests of UK-registered ships and their crews. Merchant Navy vessels fly the Red Ensign and are regulated by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency...

 as a cadet
Cadet
A cadet is a trainee to become an officer in the military, often a person who is a junior trainee. The term comes from the term "cadet" for younger sons of a noble family.- Military context :...

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Encyclopedia
Dudley Bernard Egerton Pope (29 December 1925 – 25 April 1997) was a British writer of both nautical fiction and history, most notable for his Lord Ramage
Lord Ramage
Nicholas, Lord Ramage was the fictional character at the centre of a series of sea novels written by Dudley Pope. Ramage was an officer in the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars.-Early life:...

 series of historical novels. Greatly inspired by C.S. Forester, Pope was one of the most successful authors to explore the genre of nautical fiction, often compared to Patrick O'Brian
Patrick O'Brian
Patrick O'Brian, CBE , born Richard Patrick Russ, was an English novelist and translator, best known for his Aubrey–Maturin series of novels set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars and centred on the friendship of English Naval Captain Jack Aubrey and the Irish–Catalan physician Stephen...

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Life

Dudley Pope was born in Ashford
Ashford, Kent
Ashford is a town in the borough of Ashford in Kent, England. In 2005 it was voted the fourth best place to live in the United Kingdom. It lies on the Great Stour river, the M20 motorway, and the South Eastern Main Line and High Speed 1 railways. Its agricultural market is one of the most...

, Kent. By concealing his age he joined the Home Guard aged 14 and at age 16 joined the merchant navy
Merchant Navy
The Merchant Navy is the maritime register of the United Kingdom, and describes the seagoing commercial interests of UK-registered ships and their crews. Merchant Navy vessels fly the Red Ensign and are regulated by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency...

 as a cadet
Cadet
A cadet is a trainee to become an officer in the military, often a person who is a junior trainee. The term comes from the term "cadet" for younger sons of a noble family.- Military context :...

. His ship was torpedo
Torpedo
The modern torpedo is a self-propelled missile weapon with an explosive warhead, launched above or below the water surface, propelled underwater towards a target, and designed to detonate either on contact with it or in proximity to it.The term torpedo was originally employed for...

ed the next year (1942). Afterwards, he spent two weeks in a lifeboat with the few other survivors. After he was invalided out the only obvious sign of the injuries he had suffered was a joint missing from one finger due to gangrene. Pope then went to work for a Kentish newspaper, then in 1944 moved to The Evening News
Evening News (London)
Evening News, formerly known as The Evening News, was an evening newspaper published in London from 1881 to 1980, reappearing briefly in 1987. It became highly popular under the control of the Harmsworth brothers. For a long time it maintained the largest daily sale of any evening newspaper in London...

in London, where he was the naval and defence correspondent. From there he turned to reading and writing naval history.

His first book, Flag 4, was published in 1954, followed by several other historical accounts. C. S. Forester
C. S. Forester
Cecil Scott "C.S." Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith , an English novelist who rose to fame with tales of naval warfare. His most notable works were the 11-book Horatio Hornblower series, depicting a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen...

, the creator of the famed Horatio Hornblower
Horatio Hornblower
Horatio Hornblower is a fictional Royal Navy officer who is the protagonist of a series of novels by C. S. Forester. He was later the subject of films and television programs.The original Hornblower tales began with the 1937 novel The Happy Return Horatio Hornblower is a fictional Royal Navy...

 novels, encouraged Pope to add fiction to his repertoire. In 1965, Ramage
Ramage (novel)
Ramage is the first novel in the Lord Ramage novels by Dudley Pope. It isset during the French Revolutionary Wars and later in the series during the Napoleonic wars.-Plot summary:...

appeared, the first of what was to become an 18-novel series.

He took to living on boats from 1953 on; when he married Kay Pope in 1954, they lived on a William Fife
William Fife
William Fife III OBE , also known as Wm. Fife, Jr., was the third generation of a family of Scottish yacht designers and builders....

 8-meter named Concerto, then at Porto Santo Stefano
Porto Santo Stefano
Porto Santo Stefano is located in the municipality of Monte Argentario, in the Province of Grosseto, in the Tuscany region of Italy. It is one of the 2 major towns that form the townships along with Porto Ercole.-Position:...

, Italy in 1959 with a 42-foot ketch
Ketch
A ketch is a sailing craft with two masts: a main mast, and a shorter mizzen mast abaft of the main mast, but forward of the rudder post. Both masts are rigged mainly fore-and-aft. From one to three jibs may be carried forward of the main mast when going to windward...

 Tokay. In 1963 he and Kay moved to a 53-foot cutter Golden Dragon, on which they moved to Barbados
Barbados
Barbados is an island country in the Lesser Antilles. It is in length and as much as in width, amounting to . It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 kilometres east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; therein, it is about east of the islands of Saint...

 in 1965. In 1968 they moved onto a 54-foot wooden yacht
Yacht
A yacht is a recreational boat or ship. The term originated from the Dutch Jacht meaning "hunt". It was originally defined as a light fast sailing vessel used by the Dutch navy to pursue pirates and other transgressors around and into the shallow waters of the Low Countries...

 named Ramage, aboard which he wrote all of his stories until 1985.
Pope died 25 April 1997 in Marigot, St. Martin. Both his wife and his daughter, Jane Victoria survived him.

Ramage series (in sequence order in the life of Ramage)

Most of the novels are based on real events in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The year of these events is shown before the book title. The year of publication between 1965 and 1989 is shown after the title.
  1. 1796 – Ramage
    Ramage (novel)
    Ramage is the first novel in the Lord Ramage novels by Dudley Pope. It isset during the French Revolutionary Wars and later in the series during the Napoleonic wars.-Plot summary:...

    (1965)
  2. 1797 – Ramage and the Drumbeat
    Ramage and the Drumbeat
    Ramage and the Drumbeat, also published as Drumbeat is an historical novel by Dudley Pope, set during 1796 and 1797 amongst the naval warfare of the French Revolutionary Wars. It is the second of the Ramage novels, following on from Ramage. During the book, Ramage becomes an integral part of...

    (1968)
  3. 1797 – Ramage and the Freebooters
    Ramage and the Freebooters
    Ramage and the Freebooters, is an historical novel by Dudley Pope, set during the French Revolutionary Wars. It is the third of the Ramage novels, following on from Ramage and the Drumbeat....

    [published in the U.S. as The Triton Brig] (1969)
  4. 1797 – Governor Ramage RN (1973)
  5. 1798 – Ramage's Prize (1974)
  6. 1798 – Ramage and the Guillotine (1975)
  7. 1799 – Ramage's Diamond (1976)
  8. 1799 – Ramage's Mutiny (1977)
  9. 1800 – Ramage and the Rebels (1978)
  10. 1800 – The Ramage Touch (1979)
  11. 1800 – Ramage's Signal (1980)
  12. 1802 – Ramage and the Renegades (1981)
  13. 1803 – Ramage's Devil (1982)
  14. 1803 – Ramage's Trial (1984)
  15. 1803 – Ramage's Challenge (1985)
  16. 1805 – Ramage at Trafalgar (1986)
  17. 1806 – Ramage and the Saracens (1988)
  18. 1806 – Ramage and the Dido (1989)

Yorke series

  1. Buccaneer (1981)
  2. Admiral (1982)
  3. Galleon (1986)
  4. Corsair (1987)

Nonfiction

  1. Flag 4: The Battle of Coastal Forces in the Mediterranean (1954)
  2. The Battle of the River Plate (1956)
  3. 73 North: The Battle of the Barents Sea 1942 (1958)
  4. Decision at Trafalgar (1959)
  5. England Expects (1959)
  6. The Black Ship
    HMS Hermione (1782)
    HMS Hermione was a 32-gun fifth-rate frigate of the Royal Navy. She was notorious for having the bloodiest mutiny in British naval history, which saw her captain and most of the officers killed...

    (1963)
  7. Harry Morgan's Way: Biography of Sir Henry Morgan
    Henry Morgan
    Admiral Sir Henry Morgan was an Admiral of the Royal Navy, a privateer, and a pirate who made a name for himself during activities in the Caribbean, primarily raiding Spanish settlements...

     1635–1688
    (1977)
  8. The Great Gamble: Nelson at Copenhagen (1978)
  9. Life in Nelson's Navy (1981)
  10. The Devil Himself: The Mutiny of 1800 (1988) – this is the story of HMS Danae
    HMS Danae (1798)
    Vaillante was a 20-gun French ship-corvette, built at Bayonne and launched in 1796. Captain Edward Pellew in captured her off the Île de Ré on 7 August 1798. The Admiralty took her into the Royal Navy as HMS Danae. Some of her crew mutinied in 1800 and succeeded in turning her over to the French...

    and the mutiny aboard her.
  11. At 12 Mr Byng Was Shot (1962)
  12. Guns (1965)

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