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Title:
Cockburn and the British Navy in transition : Admiral Sir George Cockburn, 1772-1853
Author:
Morriss, Roger.
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Publication Information:
Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, [1997]

©1997
Physical Description:
xiii, 338 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781570032530
Format :
Book

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Central Library DA88.1.C58 M67 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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How one British admiral changed the course of naval history.


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Sir George Cockburn is best known to Americans as the British admiral who burned the public buildings of Washington in 1814. His fleet was subsequently repulsed at Fort McHenry in Baltimore. But these were only two incidents in Cockburn's long career, which lasted from the days of Nelson to those of Queen Victoria. Like his near contemporary the Duke of Wellington, Cockburn carried the experience of the Napoleonic Wars (and old-fashioned Tory politics) into the postwar era. As the first sea Lord of the Admiralty under Peel, Cockburn proved to be surprisingly progressive in the introduction of steam and screw propulsion in British warships, while he coped reluctantly with the administrative reforms of his Whig predecessors. Morriss (formerly of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich) does an able job of reconstructing Cockburn's life from primary source documents. Recommended for libraries at all levels, especially those with naval collections. J. R. Breihan Loyola College


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