Well worth reading from more than one point of view.,
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This review is from: Commander: The Life and Exploits of Britain's Greatest Frigate Captain (Paperback)
A good book for 19th century Naval buffs and also from the sociological aspect a great introduction to a world of privilege, interest, patronage, nepotism, and false muster. It shows how some naval officers e.g. Fleetwood Pellew could achieve post captain in their teens whilst others were lucky to reach lieutenant by their mid to late 20s e.g. William Bligh. It also shows, in this age of slow communications, the power invested in individual Naval commanders to make major decisions abroad on behalf of the nation.