Autobiography of a Seaman, Vol. 1 cover

Autobiography of a Seaman, Vol. 1

Lord Thomas Cochrane (1775-1860)

1. 00 - Dedication, Preface, and Introductory
2. 01 - My Boyhood, and Entrance Into the Navy
3. 02 - Cruise of the Hind
4. 03 - Voyage of the Thetis
5. 04 - Services in the Meditteranean
6. 05 - Cruise of the Speedy
7. 06 - Cruise of the Speedy Continued
8. 07 - Admiralty Reluctance to Promote Me
9. 08 - Naval Administration Sixty Years Ago
10. 09 - Employment in the Arab
11. 10 - Cruise of the Pallas
12. 11 - Services in the Pallas Continued
13. 12 - My Entrance Into Parliament
14. 13 - Dissolution of Parliament
15. 14 - Cruise of the Imperieuse
16. 15 - Cruise of the Imperieuse Continued
17. 16 - Cruise of the Imperieuse Continued
18. 17 - Cruise of the Imperieuse Continued
19. 18 - Cruise of the Imperieuse Continued
20. 19 - Appointment to Command Fire-Ships in Basque Roads
21. 20 - Untitled Chapter
22. 21 - Untitled chapter
23. 22 - Arrival in England
24. 23 - Lord Gambier's Despatch

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Summary

This two volume work is the autobiography of Lord Cochrane, a naval captain of the Napoleonic period. His adventures are seminal to the development of naval fiction as a genre. Marryat sailed with Cochrane, while later writers borrowed incidents from this biography for their fictions. Most notable among these is Patrick O'Brian, three of whose novels have clear parallels to incidents in the life of Cochrane. This first volume covers Cochrane's earlier life, during which he is most active militarily. (Introduction by Timothy Ferguson)

Reviews

BarryD

- Amazing Book, Makes Jack Aubrey Look Lazy

Captain Cochrane's adventures were an inspiration to Patrick O'Brian for his excellent Master and Commander series. Cochrane's real life was even more extraordinary, as this book shows. Cochrane was a zealous, ethical officer who was, despite great service to his nation, humiliated by a corrupt Naval Admiralty. Tim Ferguson narrates the book wonderfully.