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“A unique portrayal of how things were in 1775:
sailboats and transportation at sea, attitudes of
“rebels” and their ingenuity in defeating a much
larger enemy. The story moves right along
and kept me reading till the end.”

—Randy Repass, Founder & Chairman of West Marine Inc.

Based upon the diary of one of general George Washington’s staff officers, The Waterman recounts the seemingly impossible transport of 59 cannon 300 miles over land and water from Ft. Ticonderoga to Boston in the dead of winter 1776. These cannon gave general Washington the missing artillery he desperately needed for his stunning, first victory over the invincible British forces.

During this two-month heroic exploit, facing ferocious weather and daring attacks by ruthless British spies, the story’s protagonist, continental Navy Lieutenant Dan Saunders perseveres with cunning and audacious courage. Together with his loyal compatriot, Paul Williams, a former pirate and slave, the pair lead a ragtag crew of volunteers to prevail and turn the tide in one of young America’s most inspirational, early milestones toward independence.

If you love a fast-paced novel filled with vivid splendor and Amercian heroism you must buy this book!

“A beautifully crafted tale. Meticulous in its detail, Van paints a vivid picture of the times and enormous challenges that were met by exceptionally courageous men. Fast paced and action packed, I thoroughly enjoyed the first work of a very talented novelist.”

-Scott Van Pelt, ESPN Anchor

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Book Cover Buy Now The Noble Train of Artillery by Thomas Lovell with kind permission of the Dixon Ticonderoga Pencil Company. Courtesy Fort Ticonderoga.