Cockburn and the British Navy in Transition : Admiral Sir George Cockburn, 1772-1853
by Roger Morriss and Jr. William N. Still


Overview - Cockburn and the British Navy in Transition documents the long and varied career of Admiral Sir George Cockburn, who presided over much of the British Navy's transition from sail to steam while maintaining the interests and professionalism of the officer corps.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Cockburn and the British Navy in Transition documents the long and varied career of Admiral Sir George Cockburn, who presided over much of the British Navy's transition from sail to steam while maintaining the interests and professionalism of the officer corps.

Cockburn's life and times encompassed service under Admiral Horatio Nelson during the French Revolutionary War; diplomacy and combined operations during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812 with the United States; and administrative, political, and technological changes during the first half of the nineteenth century.

Cockburn emerged from the Napoleonic Wars as the best-known British admiral, renowned for his part in the attack on Washington in 1814 and for escorting Napoleon to St. Helena. But his greatest impact was from 1818 to 1846 at the Admiralty Office, where he steered the British Navy, through some of the most disruptive political and technological changes it has ever faced.

Cockburn's attitude towards the development of more seaworthy sailing warships and his key role in the introduction of the screw propeller are also examined -- innovations that coincided with the decline of flogging, impressment, and personal patronage in the management of the British Navy.

Though Cockburn was often regarded as a reactionary, Roger Morriss reveals the liberalism that enlightened his policies in the Navy. By providing unique insight into a highly influential figure and into the many facets of admiralty administration, this book makes a valuable contribution to naval history.


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  • ISBN-13: 9781570032530
  • ISBN-10: 157003253X
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publish Date: March 1998
  • Page Count: 338
  • Dimensions: 9.54 x 6.46 x 1.23 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.71 pounds

Series: Studies in Maritime History

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Books > History > Military - Naval
Books > History > Europe - Great Britain - General
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Historical

 
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