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Tango0121 Jun 2023 4:55 p.m. PST

" As if the title of this book by Julian Stockwin needed to be more for purchase – it is based on Sir William Hoste's Adriatic campaign during the Napoleonic wars.

Stockwin's hero is Sir Thomas Kydd, a rags-to-riches story of a sailor at the mast to the commodore of a frigate squadron. Somewhat unlikely, given the class structure of Napoleonic Britain, but this is fiction, and everyone loves a boy-made-good story…"




Full Review here



Rosenberg21 Jun 2023 9:55 p.m. PST

My understanding is that ability quite often trumped social standing/wealth in the Royal Navy. Don't think commissions were purchased in the Navy unlike the Army. Plus promotion in the junior officer ranks came from experience and passing exams in seamanship/navigation. Am I not right?

Tango0122 Jun 2023 3:04 p.m. PST

Seems you are right…


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