Author Bill solves mystery of SS Great Britain captain

PUBLISHED: 18:09 24 July 2014

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THE mystery surrounding the death of one of SS Great Britain’s most famous masters has been solved, in a new crime novel by a Weston author.

Bill Jackman, aged 78, was so inspired upon hearing of the intrigue over Captain John Gray’s disappearance in November 1872, he used it as the inspiration for his latest novel Revenge My Death, which is now on sale through Amazon’s Kindle Store.

Captain Gray disappeared from the ship without warning just days after setting sail from Melbourne for Liverpool. His death has always been presumed as suicide, but Mr Jackman’s novel portrays a more suspicious ending.

Mr Jackman said: “There were plenty of bust-ups on the ship, and it’s normal that people wouldn’t forget them. In the book, the captain is kidnapped by one of the passengers and held to ransom.

“I’ve tried to keep it as real as possible, and a few of the characters are based on the research I’ve done into them.

“I was having a look round the ship and he was mentioned on the tour, which got me thinking, so I went to the library and did some research into Captain Gray, it seems he was a great sailor, but had to deal with a real assortment of passengers.”

Revenge My Death is available as an e-book through www.amazon.co.uk, priced at £1.22.

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