Our crew of three from the states arrived at Gatewick International Airport at 10:30 Friday morning, March 28, 2003. After negotiating for a larger vehicle, we were off to pick-up addition lighting and grip equipment. Four hours later we were finally leaving London City traffic behind on our 5 hour sojourn north to Hartlepool, home of HMS Trincomalee.

Saturday morning we met up at the berth with our host Richard Woodman, author of the Nathaniel Drinkwater novels and several Napoleonic histories and the book of the same name, viz The Sea Warriors. Over the next two days, with additional crew and re enactors, we covered life on board a British ship of war in the early 19th Century including, food, berthing, fighting and weapons, the press gang, offices’ quarters, rudder rigging, powder room and, of course, a good ole flogging. Finishing up late Sunday afternoon we headed back to London where we ended up hailing a bobby to lead us to our hotel.

Monday we had an appointment in the Old Admiralty Building at Whitehall to shoot in the historic Admiralty Boardroom where, on the wall above the fireplace is the famed weathervane that alerted Their Lordships when a west wind blew that could favor the French. Richard did several presentations and then we interviewed Andrew Lambert and Tom Pocock. Both very enthusiastic historians that gave amazing insight into the Royal Navy of the time and their own editorial comments about the historical novels that have been written.

Only a couple hours drive to Cobham, London traffic is world class, where Tuesday morning we were invited into the comfortable home of author Douglas Reeman and his wife Kim. Douglas (Alexander Kent) is author of the 25 volume series about Richard Bolitho of Falmouth. We talked on camera with Douglas about his character and how he weaves his fictitious tales within a historical context.

Late morning we departed in the rain across country to Falmouth on the Cornwall coast where we met up with another wonderful author of sea faring novels, Julian Stockwin. Julian, with his wife Cathy, created the character of Thomas Kydd, a pressed man from Guilford who rises through the ranks to command his own frigate. We interviewed Julian on the dock in front of HM Bark Endeavour, the ship we would be filming on the next day.

We awoke Wednesday to crisp weather andclear skies, perfect for film a three-masted ship of the 18th Century. To be aboard the Endeavour, a near exact replica of Capt. Cook’s ship used for his Voyages of Discovery made in the last quarter of the 18th Century, was very exciting. It had just been refitted after a 5-month voyage from Australia around Cape Horn. Capt. Chris Blake allowed us the run of the ship to film what it was like to sail in a ship very similar to those that formed the wooden walls during the Napoleonic Wars. We were also able to board another vessel to film the beautiful ship sailing from afar.

Thursday found us in the beautiful English countryside near Beaulieu among the great oaks and conifers that supplied the wood to build the great ships. It took some two thousand oak trees to build a ship of the line, and after twenty years of war, few were left standing. From there we went to nearby Buckler's Hard where many great ships were built, including three that fought at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Friday morning we boarded HMS Victory at the historic dockyard in Portsmouth. We interviewed Colin White in Lord Nelsons great cabin and filmed on the quarterdeck where Nelson fell. It was a truly memorable morning. That afternoon we traveled to Chatham dockyard and interviewed Rob Gardiner under the great roof of one of the first covered building slipways.

We covered 1500 miles, exposed 11,000 feet of film and had our own voyage of discovery following a most historic past. We now begin the editorial process that will end with the release of Sea Warriors in June 2003.