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Helen Doe is a historian, author and lecturer. She has written a range of books from maritime history to RAF history.

Her particular interests and expertise include:

  • maritime business history
  • women in the maritime world
  • smuggling
  • marine insurance clubs
  • navy wives and widows
  • RAF in Second World War

Helen has published widely. Her books include:

  • Fighter Pilot
  • An Introduction to Cornish Maritime History
  • Jane Slade of Polruan: The inspiration for Daphne du Maurier’s first novel
  • Enterprising Women and Shipping in the Nineteenth Century
  • From Coastal Sail to Global Shipping:  A History of the Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association, 1909 to  2009

A popular speaker, Helen has spoken at several literary festivals, has appeared on television and been heard on Radio 4. She has advised on TV programmes including most recently a BBC programme on
wrecking and one on containerisation.

About Helen

Dr H DoeHelen is a lecturer, author and historian. She is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Exeter, where she gained her doctorate in maritime history. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS).

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Lost Sail

My research has led me from the days of nineteenth century wooden sailing ships to Spitfires and Hurricanes in the second world war. The maritime research might be anything from smugglers to    shipbuilders, while the air force history has led me from southern England to India.

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