UPDATE: Fighting Captains – Henry Blackwood

Sir Henry Blackwood

A letter in the Daily Telegraph opines as to who was the best of the frigate captains of Nelson’s day. Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton might well be thought to be on the money in leaving it to the Great Man himself. This blog gracefully defers……

Medals on the sea

SIR – In the debate about who was Britain’s greatest frigate captain (Letters, August 30), it is fair to say that, were frigate captaincy an Olympic sport, Britain would have dominated the podium in the first years of the 19th century, notwithstanding some fierce American competition. Team GB fielded Lord Cochrane, Sir Edward Pellew, Sir Philip Broke of HMS Shannon (restorer of British naval pride in the war of 1812), Sir William Hoste (hero of Lissa) and Sir Henry Blackwood, all vying for gold, silver, bronze, fourth and fifth places.

But with the distance of 200 years, we surely have to leave it to the great man himself to award the gold. Lord Nelson was in no doubt: it was the commander of his frigate at Trafalgar, Henry Blackwood of the Euryalus.

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton
Sutton, Suffolk

Seems fair enough………………..

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