Britannia’s Dragon: A Naval History of Wales by J D Davies, published in 2013 by The History Press, is the first book to study in detail the whole course of Welsh naval history. Critically acclaimed, it was shortlisted for the prestigious Mountbatten Literary Award at the Maritime Media Awards, 2014. This website has been set up to publish additional information received or discovered since the publication of the book, and to serve as an ongoing web resource for Welsh naval history.
The Author / ‘Webmaster’ – Born in Llanelli, J D Davies is an award winning historian and author. A winner of both the Samuel Pepys Prize and the Julian Corbett Prize for Naval History, David is additionally the author of Gentlemen and Tarpaulins: The Officers and Men of the Restoration Navy (Oxford University Press, 1991); Pepys’s Navy: Ships, Men and Warfare 1649-89 (Seaforth, 2008); and Blood of Kings: the Stuarts, the Ruthvens and the Gowrie Conspiracy (Ian Allan, 2010). He is a former Chairman of the Naval Dockyards Society and Vice-President of the Navy Records Society, a member of the Council of the Society for Nautical Research, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a sometime Sub-Lieutenant RNR (CCF). David is also the author of the acclaimed series of naval historical fiction, The Journals of Matthew Quinton, with five titles published to date – Gentleman Captain, The Mountain of Gold, The Blast That Tears The Skies, The Lion of Midnight and The Battle of All The Ages. His website is jddavies.com, and he blogs regularly at gentlemenandtarpaulins.com.