There has been some speculation regarding the identity of the author Deane. The confusion stems largely from two other Deane's - Sir Anthony Deane and his brother, John Deane, who were also involved with Russian naval shipbuilding at about the same time. The manuscript itself offers some clues: on page 85 (un-numbered) one Captain John Deane is listed as being dismissed in 1722. It is possible, then, that it is this Captain who compiled his notes and wrote them up for King George I. Because the hand is so strong and neat, the older John Deane, brother of Sir Anthony, has been precluded - unless this is a fair copy of his work, in which case the original manuscript has yet to surface. As the Mariner's Mirror suggests, only careful research into the genealogy of the Deane's may resolve the confusion.