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Heroism and adventure. Selected and ed. by mrs. Valentine (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 8 may 2012


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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 Excerpt: ...not only presented Lieutenant Coghlan with a sword, but particularly recommended him to the notice of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, by whom he was subsequently promoted.--Naval Chronicle. 199 A Generous and Heroic Officer. Edward Palmer, at the end of 1805, became first lieutenant of the Barfleur; and, on the 22nd January, 1806, was made commander, and appointed to the Nautilus sloop, attached to Lord Collingwood's fleet, off Cadiz. He went out with Sir Sidney Smith, in the Pompee, to Gibraltar, there to take possession of his command; and, after remaining upon that cruising station nearly a year,.was sent by Lord Collingwood to join Admiral Sir Thomas Louis, upon the expedition to the Dardanelles. Sir Thomas soon found it necessary to order the Nautilus back to Lord Collingwood. Captain Palmer was aware that his mission was of great importance to the service, and that despatch was necessary; and in his endeavours to fulfil the intention of the urgent orders which he had received, he was overtaken by a tremendous storm which proved his destruction. The rock upon which the Nautilus sloop of war was wrecked, on the morning of the 5 th of January, 1807, is about four or five miles from Peri, a small uninhabited island in the Archipelago, between Cerigo and Cerigotto, unnoticed in any of the English charts. The captain had been obliged to take charge of the ship, the Greek pilot having declared his ignorance of the navigation further than the port of Milo. Every possible attention that skill and anxious watching could effect, for the safety of the ship, was' paid by Captain Palmer; and he had pricked off by the chart the course which ought to be steered; but the violence of the weather, joined to the extreme darkness of the night, occasioned, as is ...

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