|Californian Hard Driving by William Lowe, used with permission|
The schooner pictured above, painted by artist William Lowe, is the Californian, a reproduction of a topsail schooner of the period that, fortunately for me, is berthed in San Diego where I live. It is the type of schooner Capt. Jean Nicholas Powell sails in Wind Raven and his father Capt. Simon Powell sails in To Tame the Wind.
This is the ship I experienced under sail. It was thrilling to hear the sails luffing, feel the wind on my face as the ship’s bow cut through the waves and the deck moving beneath my feet. (And, yes, it does move a lot.)
The Donet Trilogy comprises three stories set in the Georgian era (late 18th century). Ship scenes feature in each one. In Wind Raven, set during the Regency era, a British privateer and an American hoyden clash on the high seas as they tangle with a notorious pirate, face a terrible storm and attempt to resist the rising tide of passion between them.