WILLOUGHBY THE IMMORTAL. AN ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE AND ACTIONS OF REAR-ADMIRAL SIR NESBIT WILLOUGHBY, KT., C.B., K.C.H. (1777-1849), "THE HERO OF MAURITIUS".

Mason, Michael.


£45.00




Privately Printed, N.p., 1st.ed., 1969. 102 pp., port. frontis, 2 other plates, 1 chart & a map. Blue cloth ; gilt. 25 x 16cm. V.G. Signed Presentation Copy inscribed "1969. To Kenyon, cordially, and all about something quite different, from Mike Mason." Biography of Sir Nesbit Josiah Willoughby who entered the Navy in 1790 and was present at the occupation of Amboyna and Banda six years later. As a commander he fought under Nelson at Copenhagen in 1801, but later that year he was dismissed from the Navy for insolence to his captain. Two years later he volunteered and was accepted to serve under Duckworth in the West Indies, and in 1803 made lieutenant and served with distinction at the blockade of Cape Francais and in operations against Cura'ao in 1804. He achieved his former rank of commander in 1808 and a year later gained fame in the action at St. Paul's, Mauritius. Promoted post-captain in 1810 for service at Jacotel and for the seizure of the Isle de la Passe, Willoughby later faced defeat by the French but was honourably acquitted at his court-martial. He went on to volunteer for service in the Russian Army and was taken by the French but eventually escaped from prison. Willoughby was a remarkable character.


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