The novel blue at the mizzen is the twentieth and last completed historical novel in the aubrey maturin series by patrick obrian first published in 1999 it is set after the napoleonic wars in the fight for chilean independence from spain. Blue at the mizzen is the last full aubrey maturin novel it was published in 1999 a few months before patrick obrian died january 2 in 2000 the story opens in the immediate aftermath of britains victory over napoleon at waterloo. The stories from southeast asia shipwreck etc were a bit draggy as was blue at the mizzen though in 9 1 2 years i either read or listened to the complete aubrey maturin series except 21 which was unfinished when obrian died. W ere back from a memorable tws cruise not memorable just or even mainly because the first night at sea was the roughest weve encountered in any of our 15 cruises in fact weve . Blue at the mizzen the title of patrick obrians novel is a reference to the promotion to admirals rank which captain aubrey is hoping for he would be entitled as the most junior flag officer to hoist a blue ensign at the mizzen masthead
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