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

by Ian Gordon

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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.
  • ISBN13 9781844152940
  • Publish Date 9 February 2005
  • Publish Status Active
  • Out of Print 27 April 2022
  • Publish Country GB
  • Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
  • Imprint Leo Cooper Ltd
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 256
  • Language English