2020 Richard Endsor
We are delighted to announce that, out of all the various nominations, the prestigious Anderson Medal, for the best maritime non-fiction book of 2020 has been awarded to Richard Endsor for his book The Master Shipwright’s Secrets: How Charles II built the Restoration Navy. The judging panel felt that:
This book takes a technical subject and makes it accessible by an imaginative use of diagrams, drawings and illustrations, combined with an engaging and well-informed text. The work comes together to provide the modern reader with insights into a neglected subject. It shows a very high standard of research, interpretation and illustration. Although this book will stand out as a first-rate work of reference for the specialist, the development of context and the visual presentation enables the interested reader to enter the world of the master shipwright and appreciate the skills and problems encountered in building the Restoration Navy.
It is hoped that the medal can be presented to Richard Endsor, subject to any Covid restrictions that may be in place, on 28 April 2022 with a ceremony at the National Maritime Museum followed by a lecture, given by the author, and a short reception afterwards. Details will be announced in the New Year on the SNR website.