Captain Lattimore was born in Carrickfergus and later lived in Larne. Many of the crew of the ship were also from Carrickfergus.
In 1888 a crack clipper captain called Ralph Lattimore lost his ship on a reef in the South Pacific. What followed was a tale of endurance and courage almost beyond belief. It involved Lattimore, and his First Mate Donald MacDonald who pulled off one of the great epic open boat voyages in history. It has been almost forgotten.
Dr John Little spent almost forty years teaching in various schools in London and the South East. He was head of History at Meopham School and Rochester Independent College. He gained the first History PhD awarded in the University of Westminster. He has done a considerable amount of long distance walking in the UK and particularly the Lake District. Until he was 52 he could not drive and cycled everywhere, including completing a Land’s End to John o’ Groats ride. He has cycled extensively in Britain and some parts of Europe. His PhD was grounded in WWI and he has guided numerous trips for children and adults to the Western Front.He has written nine books, mostly novels, and has settled into historical fiction as his favoured genre. His work is based on real evidence, people and events contained in plausible narratives. He also give talks and presentations on the topics about which he writes.