The Sea Has No End


Short-listedfor the 2005 Ottawa Book Award for Non-fiction

Soldier, sailor, adventurer, and philosopher, Louis-Antoine de Bougainville was a talented French officer whose remarkable career took him from the boudoirs of Paris to the flintlock battlefields of North America and on to the luch islands of the South Pacific. In this lively biography, author Victor Suthren follows Bougainville’s career in North America during the Seven Years War and the American Revolution and his adventures in the South Seas. Written with a historian’s eye for detail, The Sea Has No End is a fascinating portrait of the most stirring and dramatic events of the eighteenth century.


Ottawa Book Award for Non-fiction


Suthren has several novels to his name as well as other historical works and, as he makes clear in his introduction, has set out to write a story here that is accessible to all readers, not just the academic historian alone. In this he has been succesful. -John Robson, INternational Journal of Maritime History

Suthren has produced an interesting and very readable biography.

Canadian Military History, Summer 2005

well researched and in a style east to read, the Sea Has No End achieves the author's aim in succinctly telling the fascinating life story of Antoine Louis Bogainville.

The Northwest Mariner, Vol. XIV, No. 4, (October, 2004)

About the Author

Victor Suthren

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014

Victor Suthren

Victor Suthren is a writer and historian with a special interest in maritime history. A former director general of the Canadian War Museum, he lives in Merrickville, Ontario.