A lower gundeck dinner in HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, is the centrepiece of a weekend in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard devoted to the leading fictional chronicler of Nelson’s Navy, Patrick O’Brian.
Brought to a new generation of fans by the film Master and Commander, starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany, Patrick O’Brian wrote a total of 20 books featuring Captain ‘Lucky’ Jack Aubrey and his constant companion, the surgeon, naturalist and part-time intelligence agent, Stephen Maturin. They have been described as the finest historical novels ever written.
The weekend, which runs from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th March 2010 inclusive, is being organised by the Royal Naval Museum, which is located in 18th Century Storehouses at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. In addition to the unique and exclusive HMS Victory dinner and meals over the weekend, other highlights include a concert of music and readings from the novels, and lectures by leading historians on the Navy of the period. Plus, entry to all Historic Dockyard attractions and Spinnaker Tower.
Places cost £450 per person (accommodation not included).