I've started to send out an occasional shipwreck/loss via Twitter. @jeanhoodauthor
Just need to get a link
from the website, but not having a lot of success at the moment.
Saturday 19th October:
Trafalgar Night Dinner on HMS Trincomalee at Hartlepool. World's second oldest naval ship afloat. Lovely meal, good
company, and wonderful ship. Click on the sidebar for the link to Ships You Must Visit.
14th August 2013
Interviewed by BBC Radio 4's "The Last Word", for transmission on Friday
at 1600. I was asked to talk about Ken Dancy and the "Flying Enterprise" drama of New Year 1951/52. Ken Dancy, the
First Mate of the tug "Turmoil" , was the man who dramatically (though he always played down the idea that
he ''jumped") boarded the stricken cargo ship to help Captain Carlsen. He has just died, and "The
Last Word" is broadcasting an obituary. For story of the Flying Enterprise, see the chapter on her in my book "Come
Hell and High Water", now available as "Wreck" in E-Book.
DIG WW2 shown
again on BBC2.
Friday 9th August 2013
Invited to a reception aboard the Italian
Navy's fabulous training ship "Amerigo Vespucci" which was berthed at Canary Wharf, London, on a goodwill visit.
A really enjoyable night of Italian hospitality. Saw her sail the following day. Have a look at the page "Ships you must
visit" to see the pics of her leaving.
Thursday 4th July 2013
Filming in Portsmouth
at the RN Submarine Museum for Italian Documentary. Can't say more, but a fascinating experience
I'm primarily a maritime and naval author, though
my books have included an illustrated history of Trafalgar Square, a companion to the Imperial War Museum's War Correspondent
exhibition, and the TV-tie in for Dan Snow's three-part Dig WW2, which took me into land conflict and air
warfare (though I had covered a century of naval aviation while writing Carrier) as well as naval aspects.
I've set up the website in order to provide information about my current and forthcoming books, post corrections and extra
information, and to build up a list of resources and material you may find useful. My most recent commission was
to co-edit Shipwright 2013, which came out in June (2013).
At the moment I am assisting an Italian documentary producer
who is developing what looks to be a really exciting project. I may not have any Italian blood in my veins, but I have
plenty of Italian wine in them, and I have long been attracted to all things Italian, including aspects of its naval history.
I very muh hope it comes to fruition, but I know that the idea has to be 'sold' to the people who put content in front
of the viewer.
You may be surprised to find a big article about antique mercury barometers and the Ortelli family
who made them, in Britain, in the very late 18th and the first half of the 19th century. Well, we
all have our guilty pleasures, and this is one of mine. There is something very special about these beautiful, unique
and useful creations that were handcrafted and signed by Italians who, more than two centuries ago, began crossing the
Alps and travelling some 750 miles across Europe to bring their skills to Britain. It's work
in constant progress. It is also a chance to write in a friendly style, with little digressions here and there, speculation,
admissions of ignorance, not to mention well-intentioned promises to find out missing information at some unspecified time
in the vague future. Freed from commercial considerations and the straightjacket of a brief, and from the twin
pressures of time schedule and word count, I can indulge myself and, I hope, revive interest in, and acquisition
of, mercury barometers. I have also tried to show more than the fruits of research. I wanted to explain something of
the process of research, the false starts, the blanks, the way connections were made, the sources used and the thought processes
involved, because the research is, for me at least, the best part of it, the part that leaves a writer alternately frustrated