Richard Woodman (1944 - ) is an English novelist and naval historian who retired in 1997 from a 37 year nautical career, mainly working for Trinity House, to write full time. His main work is 14 volumes about the career of Nathaniel Drinkwater, and shorter series about James Dunbar and William Kite, but he also written a range of factual books about 18th century and WW2 history. These include a trilogy of studies of convoys in the Second World War. Unlike many other modern naval historical novelists, such as C.S. Forester or Patrick O'Brian, he has served afloat.Richard Woodman is a regular correspondent for the shipping newspaper Lloyd's List and continues his close association with the sea as a keen yachtsman. He also serves on the Corporate Board of Trinity House.