Category Archives: History

Hannan: I’m a reformist now

 Hannan: The Judas de nos jours? The Captain regrets  having to take up arms against Dan Hannan so soon after the last time, but it is possible to discern a subtle public shift in his position that strongly hints at … Continue reading

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UPDATE 2: More Frigate Captains

The debate rages on: Fabulous prizes of the real captain of Surprise SIR – Robert Cutts rightly names Thomas Cochrane as the primary model for the fictional Jack Aubrey (Letters, August 29), a character also inspired by Commodore Rowley, the … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Fighting Captains – 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 … Continue reading

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Thomas Cochrane: A Fighting Captain indeed!

The publication of a biography of one of the heroes of the Napoleonic-era Royal Navy, Edward Pellew, (Reviews: Telegraph and Sunday Times [behind the paywall £]) is timely. Pellew was indeed a great Captain, though like all Heroes, somewhat flawed. … Continue reading

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