Admiral of the Blue The Life and Times of Admiral John Child Purvis (1747-1825)

by Ian Gordon

Admiral of the Blue The Life and Times of Admiral John Child Purvis (1747-1825) Synopsis

Admiral John Child Purvis was a contemporary naval officer of Nelson, who never disobeyed an order and did his job well. His ability as a fighting commander was proved in a bloody duel between his sloop-of-war and a French corvette during the War of American Independence. As a battleship Captain, he was the first British officer to confront Napoleon Bonaparte, muzzle to muzzle, during the Siege of Toulon. Commanding the Princess Royal and then the London, he was involved in much action in the Mediterranean and served under the legendary Sir John Jervis (later Lord St. Vincent). Later, as a Flag Officer, he rejoined the Mediterranean Fleet first as second-in-command and then as Commander-in-Chief. The culmination of his long and distinguished career at sea was saving the Spanish fleet in Cadiz from capture by the French and preparing the city for siege.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781844152940
Publication date: 9th February 2005
Author: Ian Gordon
Publisher: Leo Cooper Ltd an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Naval forces & warfare, Biography: historical, political & military,

About Ian Gordon

Iain Gordon (pseudonym) is an experienced historical author. His Soldier of the Raj was published by Pen and Sword in 2001 (?) He lives near Barnstable, Devon.

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