Meet the Author: Ben Wilson
31 July 2013 Last updated at 17:05 BST
Historian Ben Wilson is the author of Empire of the Deep, The Rise and Fall of the British Navy.
His book charts the navy's history from Anglo Saxon times to the present day, a mere 2,000 years of battles, boats and life at sea.
Ben discusses his epic tale with the BBC's Nick Higham in this week's Meet the Author...