By Kevin D. Mccranie
Lord Keith, a Scottish admiral who rose to prominence serving His Majesty from 1761 to 1815, ended his occupation by way of overseeing Napoleon’s quit in 1815. Born George Keith Elphinstone, Keith at one time or one other held approximately each very important command within the British military, and his tale illustrates the navy’s background through the Age of combating Sail. McCranie’s e-book is the 1st sleek biography of Keith, who realized the artwork of commanding unmarried ships and small squadrons through the American Revolution. Keith finally commanded 4 significant fleets—the jap Seas, the Mediterranean, the North Sea, and the Channel. notwithstanding he by no means led a fleet into conflict, Keith supported joint operations with the British military and its allies whereas at the same time keeping command of the ocean and making sure the unfastened passage of trade. a talented administrator, who from time to time managed greater than 2 hundred ships over millions of sq. miles of ocean, Keith effectively navigated the political and social waters in addition. Drawing on greater than 100,000 inner most and public documents, McCranie records Keith’s dealings with the British govt, the Royal relations, the Admiralty, the French govt, the French army, the British military, and Britain’s allies. mentioning letters Keith wrote to his spouse, his sister, his oldest daughter, and his father, to whom he defined his first impressions of the army, the writer deals a private portrait and narrative of a career-conscious officer who nervous approximately what others considered him. This publication will attract historians of the Royal military, the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic period, in addition to fanatics of the Age of scuffling with Sail.
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Victory gives peace. 62 On the twenty-fourth, the expedition encountered a schooner whose captain informed Graves that Cornwallis had surrendered. Still Graves continued with the mission, and on 27 October he ordered the Warwick and the Nymphe (36) to stand into the Chesapeake to reconnoiter the French. Elphinstone sailed between Capes Henry and Charles. With Cape Henry about three miles west by southwest, Elphinstone mounted the top and sighted forty-five sail. On the following day Graves again ordered these two ships into the bay.
Personally, Elphinstone had demonstrated skill and dedication as a naval officer, learning the art of command, and by the end of the war he had become a senior post captain. Now, in his mid-thirties, he had nearly twenty years of almost continuous service and had made a small fortune in prize money. After returning to Britain, he was prepared to sit in Parliament, collect his half pay, and live the life of a country gentleman. 2 “If I were well it would be a wonder” Personal and Career Prospects (1774–94) A successful naval career entailed more than professional competence; it demanded political savvy, wealth, and, most important, contacts.
Now, in his mid-thirties, he had nearly twenty years of almost continuous service and had made a small fortune in prize money. After returning to Britain, he was prepared to sit in Parliament, collect his half pay, and live the life of a country gentleman. 2 “If I were well it would be a wonder” Personal and Career Prospects (1774–94) A successful naval career entailed more than professional competence; it demanded political savvy, wealth, and, most important, contacts. Beginning in 1774 when Keith Elphinstone first stood for Parliament, he began a lifelong process of diversifying his career.
Admiral Lord Keith and the Naval War against Napoleon (New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology) by Kevin D. Mccranie