By Kevin D. Mccranie
Lord Keith, a Scottish admiral who rose to prominence serving His Majesty from 1761 to 1815, ended his profession by way of overseeing Napoleon’s quit in 1815. Born George Keith Elphinstone, Keith at one time or one other held approximately each very important command within the British army, and his tale illustrates the navy’s heritage throughout the Age of scuffling with Sail. McCranie’s ebook is the 1st glossy biography of Keith, who realized the paintings of commanding unmarried ships and small squadrons in the course of the American Revolution. Keith ultimately commanded 4 significant fleets—the japanese Seas, the Mediterranean, the North Sea, and the Channel. notwithstanding he by no means led a fleet into conflict, Keith supported joint operations with the British military and its allies whereas concurrently retaining command of the ocean and making sure the unfastened passage of trade. a talented administrator, who now and then managed greater than 2 hundred ships over hundreds of thousands of sq. miles of ocean, Keith effectively navigated the political and social waters in addition. Drawing on greater than 100,000 deepest and public files, McCranie files Keith’s dealings with the British executive, the Royal relatives, the Admiralty, the French govt, the French military, the British military, and Britain’s allies. mentioning letters Keith wrote to his spouse, his sister, his oldest daughter, and his father, to whom he defined his first impressions of the military, the writer bargains a private portrait and narrative of a career-conscious officer who fearful approximately what others considered him. This publication will attract historians of the Royal army, the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic period, in addition to lovers of the Age of struggling with Sail.
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In addition to the Otter, the naval command included several row galleys guarding the entrance to the St. Johns River. During the months he remained on the coast, the American force was rendered inactive by disease and a general lack of commitment in the face of Elphinstone’s naval squadron. 37 Before repairs were completed, reports arrived that a colonial privateer had conducted a slave raid at New Smyrna, south of St. Augustine at Mosquito Inlet. Elphinstone dispatched the Otter to intercept the privateer.
Part of this operation involved Admiral François Joseph comte de Grasse, who sailed from the Leeward Islands with twenty-four ships-of-the-line, arriving at the Chesapeake on 30 August 1781. On the following day Graves sailed from New York with nineteen British ships-of-the-line. On 5 September he arrived off the Chesapeake and fought an indecisive engagement with de Grasse. 60 Graves returned to New York and, now with General Clinton, began to prepare a stronger relief expedition. During this period the Warwick returned from Halifax.
39 Once in the Mediterranean, the Robust maneuvered as part of Hood’s fleet, and when the sailing order of battle was created, Elphinstone’s was the lead ship. Although this was a mark of honor due to his seniority, it was also a curse when practicing for a fleet engagement, since it involved sailing in a line of battle. Wherever his lead ship steered, the rest of the fleet followed. 40 On 10 June, Hood ordered Elphinstone to take six ships-of-the-line to water at Cádiz. Ashore, the captain related to his sister, he was “tormented with Spanish civility and heat.
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