BLACK CHARLIE. A LIFE OF ADMIRAL SIR CHARLES NAPIER, KCB., 1787-1860.

Napier, Priscilla.


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Norwich, 1st.ed., 1995. Xiii + 238 pp., frontis. + 3 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Signed & inscribed by Dr. Nicholas Rodger : "Nicholas Rodger. Acton, Ascension Day, 1995." With Dr. Rodger's Review of this book pasted in at the front. Admiral Sir Charles Napier, known in the fleet as 'Black Charlie,' first went to sea at the age of twelve in 1800. He fought during the Napoleonic Wars in the Mediterranean, English Channel, in the Atlantic, up the Potomac, in the Levant, the Baltic, at Busaco, and by the Dog River in Syria. When Napier was asked by Mohammed Ali, Pasha of Egypt, when anchored off Alexandria : "What are your credentials ?" Napier replied : "My credentials are the double-shotted guns of the POWERFUL and the honour of an Englishman." The Admiral won his point but wrote home to his wife : "I shall either be hung or made a bishop". Napier often argued with the Admiralty and stood his ground if he thought he was in the right. He came to public fame during the Crimean War when he commanded the Baltic Fleet. The author provides an interesting character-study of this eccentric officer.


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