Dudley (Bernard Egarton) Pope is well known both as the creator of the "Ramage" novels and as a distinguished naval historian. Pope falsified his age in order to enlist in the British Merchant Navy during World War II. In action, his ship was torpedoed and he spent 14 days at sea in an open lifeboat. After being discharged due to the injuries he received, he worked as the naval and defense correspondent at the "London Daily News," and turned to writing fiction at the urging of C.S. Forester. Pope, the author of ten scholarly works as well as the 18 books in the "Ramage" series, died in 1997.