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Memoir of the Life of Admiral Sir Edward Codrington

Memoir of the Life of Admiral Sir Edward Codrington
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  • Date Published: March 2012
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108044653

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  • Edward Codrington (1770–1851) joined the navy at the age of thirteen. Having narrowly avoided freezing to death in Nova Scotia three years later, he went on to serve during some of the most important naval conflicts of his time. This two-volume biography was first published in 1873, and combines his own accounts with the research of his daughter Lady Bourchier. Volume 1 introduces Codrington's friend Bowen, the shy and awkward commander of the fleet, Lord Howe, and the the sheer terror of the 1793 third battle of Ushant, the British fleet's first major encounter with that of the new French Republic. Volume 2 opens in 1827 as the English fleet, now under Codrington's own command, faces the Turks at the Battle of Navarino, now seen as a decisive moment in the struggle for Greek independence. The work is both an interesting read and a useful resource for naval history.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108044653
    • length: 1178 pages
    • dimensions: 214 x 138 x 67 mm
    • weight: 1.58kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 5 maps
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. 1770–1802. Introduction
    2. 1805–8. Private letters to Mrs. C.
    3. 1809–10. Captain of Blake
    4. 1810. Blake sent to coast of Spain
    5. 1811. Siege of Barcelona
    6. 1812–1813. Rens
    7. 1814–27. American war
    8. February to September 1827. Mediterranean command
    9. September 1827. Ottoman fleet from Alexandria
    Appendix. Volume 2:
    1. September 22 to October 16, 1827. The French Admiral having arrived, the two Admirals send joint letter to Ibrahim
    2. October 16 to 24. The three Admirals' warning to Ibrahim
    3. October 25 to December 29. Combined fleets leave Navarin
    4. January 6 to February 28, 1828
    5. March 3 to April 20. W. J. C.'s letters about mission to Egypt
    6. April 20 to June 19. House of Commons, Greek slaves, Peel's speech
    7. June 22 to July 25. Note by W. J. C.
    8. July 25 to August 18. The three Admirals at Zante
    9. August 21 to September 9. Sir E. C. writes his defence against the charges
    10. September 11, 1828, to October 24, 1831. Return to England
    11. December 1831, to November 1839. Election for Devonport
    12. November 1839 to April 1851. Speech on behalf of the Navy in the House of Commons.

  • Author

    Edward Codrington


    Jane Bourchier

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