Festival will give insight into history of the navy

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ONE of the most turbulent chapters in the Royal Navy’s history will be explored at Portsmouth’s Festival of Thought.

Expert Sam Willis will be at the National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard tomorrow night to discuss his new book, In the Hour of Victory: The Royal Navy in the age of Nelson.

Mr Willis, a naval historian, stumbled upon a collection of dispatches from seven major fleet battles and with vivid commentary has brought the battles to life.

He has recently made a film for BBC4 about Antigua called The Age of Sail.

He has appeared on BBC’s Coast, NBC America’s Who Do You Think You Are, worked on the Hornblower TV series and on Channel 4’s award-winning film Shackleton.

He is also a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries.

There are still some free tickets available to the event, which is at 7pm.

For more information about the festival go to homeofgreatwriting.com.