By Kevin D. Mccranie
Lord Keith, a Scottish admiral who rose to prominence serving His Majesty from 1761 to 1815, ended his profession by means of overseeing Napoleon’s give up in 1815. Born George Keith Elphinstone, Keith at one time or one other held approximately each very important command within the British army, and his tale illustrates the navy’s heritage throughout the Age of combating Sail. McCranie’s ebook is the 1st smooth biography of Keith, who discovered the artwork of commanding unmarried ships and small squadrons throughout 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 retaining command of the ocean and making sure the loose passage of trade. a talented administrator, who now and then managed greater than 2 hundred ships over hundreds of thousands of sq. miles of ocean, Keith effectively navigated the political and social waters to boot. Drawing on greater than 100,000 deepest and public files, McCranie records Keith’s dealings with the British govt, the Royal relatives, the Admiralty, the French govt, the French military, the British military, and Britain’s allies. bringing up letters Keith wrote to his spouse, his sister, his oldest daughter, and his father, to whom he defined his first impressions of the military, the writer deals a private portrait and narrative of a career-conscious officer who fearful approximately what others considered him. This e-book will entice historians of the Royal army, the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic period, in addition to lovers of the Age of struggling with Sail.
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The Perseus led the convoy, bound for Charleston, the center of the rebellion in the southern colonies. Almost unabated adverse weather made the job of escorting the transports a nightmare. On more than one occasion the Perseus assisted transports in distress. One had lost her main and mizzen masts. Worse still, on 17 January 1780 the transport George signaled distress. “Being found too leaky she was scuttled and sunk,” but not before Elphinstone’s men spent a grueling day in their boats transferring the transport’s men and baggage.
With orders to separate the two lovers, he persuaded the prince to travel to London for his sister’s birthday and in the process took the blame of allowing William to go absent without leave from his naval appointment. ”15 William also turned to his former captain in a professional matter after assuming command of the Pegasus (28). In February 1787 Prince William demanded the court-martial of Lieutenant Isaac Schomberg for disrespect. In a letter to his brother the Prince of Wales he explained, “I have to request the utmost secrecy on your side in this business, as it is of consequence to the “If I were well it would be a wonder”: Personal and Career Prospects (1774–94) / 29 Naval service in general.
Shortly after his arrival he relinquished command of the Perseus, and on 22 July 1780 he took charge of the Warwick, a fifty-gun fourth rate. 57 However, the Admiralty ordered the Warwick to sea before the new Parliament convened. Elphinstone’s hasty departure was occasioned by the 20 December 1780 declaration of war by Britain on the United Provinces of the Netherlands. Elphinstone joined a small squadron consisting of the Formidable (98), Active (32), Edgar (60), and Maidstone (28) patrolling the northern approaches to the English Channel with orders to seize Dutch merchant vessels.
Admiral Lord Keith and the Naval War against Napoleon (New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology) by Kevin D. Mccranie