Helen Doe is a historian, author and speaker with a particular love of maritime subjects. It is people, often the ordinary and, sometimes unsung, heroes and heroines that attract her attention. Her latest book, The First Atlantic Liner, features the stories of the passengers and crew on Brunel’s first ship which linked Bristol, Liverpool and New York. Fighter Pilot is her biography of a Battle of Britain Pilot and it was warmly reviewed and became a best seller. She was co-editor and major contributor to the award-winning The Maritime History of Cornwall and her PhD research led to the groundbreaking Enterprising Women in Shipping in the Nineteenth Century.
She has appeared on many Radio 4 programmes and on TV. A well-known speaker, she is much in demand as a cruise ship guest lecturer and is an accredited lecturer for the Arts Society (previously known as NADFAS)
She is a Fellow of the University of Exeter, where she teaches part-time on a range of courses and supervises postgraduates. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) and a Trustee of the British Commission for Maritime History.
Before studying at Exeter, she worked as a marketing consultant for a range of companies inside and outside the UK. Before that, her main career was in sales and marketing with IBM UK.
A popular speaker, Helen has spoken at several literary festivals and is a regular guest lecturer on cruise ships. She has appeared on television, most recently in an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? She has advised on many TV programmes including David Dimbleby's Britain and the Sea.
The First Atlantic Liner: Brunel's Great Western Steamship
Fighter Pilot: The Life of Battle of Britain Ace Bob Doe
Maritime History of Cornwall
Naval Leadership and Management, 1650-1950
The History of Fowey Harbour: A Fair and Commodious Haven
An Introduction to the Maritime History of Cornwall
Enterprising Women and Shipping in the Nineteenth Century
From Coastal Sail to Global Shipping: A History of the Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association
Jane Slade of Polruan