Re: [WarOf1812] Royal Society online
- In "The Real Hornblower: The Life and Times of Admiral James Gordon", author Bryan Perrett compares the careers of Gordon and Hornblower and how much they were alike. Both joined the Navy as boys in 1793, spent their early service aboard Ships of the Line and their subsequent years in smaller vessels, promoted Lieutenant in 1800, Master and Commander in 1804 and Captains about 3 years later. In their post war years they remained actively employed and eventually both became Admirals of the Fleet.
Gordon served in the Chesapeake and was in command of the squadron that captured Alexandria in August 1814. Under his command were the bomb vessels (like Hornblower in the Baltic) and Gordon was part of the bombardment squadron at Baltimore. Forrester's notes on the writing of the "Commodore" even mentions Baltimore and the bombs bursting in air. The author also points out that Hornblower's Lydia also happened to be the name of Gordon's wife. Lots of coincidences!
Ed Seufert, Cpl
1812 Royal Marines
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From: Ray Hobbs
Sent: Friday, September 22, 2006 1:51 PM
Subject: [WarOf1812] Royal Society online
For those of you interested in social history of our period, the Royal
Society has placed on line its "Philosophical Transactions" from 1665
to the present.
Admiral Thomas Cochrane......acknowledged as the historical model for Jack Aubrey, and possibly Hornblower.
Trivia, perhaps, but it fills in the picture.
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