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The Coal Black Sea: Winston Churchill and the Biggest Naval Catastrophe of the First World War




Journalist, author and former naval officer, Stuart Heaver, reveals the shocking true wartime story of a devastating U-boat attack that shocked the British nation just six weeks into the First World War and threatened the career of Winston Churchill and how he used spin to deflect blame onto others. His book The Coal Black Sea was published last year by The History Press and has been nominated for the 2022 Mountbatten Award for best maritime book.

Speaker: Stuart Heaver

Affiliation: Journalist and Author


Stuart Heaver is a graduate of the LSE and a former naval officer and entrepreneur. He is a highly experienced journalist and writer who divides his time between the UK and Hong Kong. Stuart works on a range of topics relating to China and South-East Asia and is a regular contributor to the South China Morning Post amongst many others.

The King’s Maritime History Seminar is hosted by the Laughton Naval Unit and the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. It is organised by the British Commission for Maritime History in association with the Society for Nautical Research and with the support of Lloyds Register.

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