About the Author
A native of Brixham in Devon, England, Richard Dee left Devon in his teens and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986. Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he flirted with various jobs, including dockmaster, insurance surveyor and port control officer, finally becoming a Thames pilot over twenty years ago. He regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as London Bridge. He recently returned to live in Brixham, where he has taken up food writing and blogging. He retired from pilotage in 2015 to start an organic bakery, supplying local shops and cafés. He is married with three adult children.