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5.0 out of 5 stars The life of the "Father of the Royal Navy", 2 Dec. 2013
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This is a very interesting, if justifiably pompous and self-indulgent, autobiography of the life of my Great Great Grandfather, Captain James Edward Hunter, who was known as the "Father of the Royal Navy", or "Teddy". It offers an insight into the life and times of a cocksure sailor in the 19th Century, contains some good pictures from the time, and is of great historical interest to the Hunter family. As well as extolling his greatness at dancing the hornpipe, shooting and boxing, he tells of the time he turned around a filthy ship with a mutinous crew, dealt with an outbreak of smallpox, nearly lost his leg during a bout of Crimean fever, saved 47 lives in the "Balaclava Gale", was the first man into Sebastopol, helped defeat the Japanese at Kagoshima and later liberated 74 heavy guns from them. He also met Queen Victoria.
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