Book Review-‘The Last Voyage’ by P. U. Jepsen
The Last Voyage is essentially about two Royal Navy ships of the line, HMS St George and HMS Defence, which were wrecked on the west coast of Jutland on Christmas Eve, 1811. It is, however, much more than the title suggests. For those less familiar with these ships and the period, Palle Uhd Jepsen also provides an essential political and geographical backdrop by producing a well-structured and illustrated historical account of the wars and economic conflicts of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The author has also carried out a great deal of research into the accounts of both the survivors and rescuers thus providing evidence of the wrecking event from a British and Danish perspective.