Recollections of my Sea Life: 1808-1830 by Captain John Harvey Boeteler, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Recollections of my Sea Life

1808-1830 by Captain John Harvey Boeteler, 1st Edition

By David Bonner-Smith

Routledge

288 pages

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Description

Captain Boteler (1796-1885) came from a naval family, entering the navy as a Volunteer, First Class in 1808, was made lieutenant in September 1815, commander in 1830 and captain in 1851. He left the navy in 1830. These recollections, full of well-told naval anecdote, were written in old age, and published only for private circulation. They can be considered accurate, though dates are sometimes unclear.

Boteler describes his service in the Baltic between 1809 and 1812, though there was an intervening period in the Channel and the North Sea before he returned to the Baltic late in the Napoleonic War. He served after the war in Gibraltar and on the Jamaica station, engaged in the suppression of piracy, and then more generally in the West Indies. Boteler quotes a detailed contemporary account of the battle of Navarino, 1827.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

AUTHOR'S PRÉFACÉ

CHAPTER I

The Botelers—Joining the Navy—Prison ships in the Medway—North

Sea—Baltic convoys

CHAPTER II

Channel—North Sea—Baltic

CHAPTER III

West Indies—Passing for Lieutenant—Channel—Battle of Waterloo

CHAPTER IV

Lieutenant—Antelope, flagship on the Leeward Islands station

CHAPTER V

The Seagull, tender to the guardship at Sheerness

CHAPTER VI

Lent to the Royal Yacht—Visit to the battlefield of Waterloo

CHAPTER VII

The Ringdovc—Jamaica—Suppression of piracy

CHAPTER VIII

In command of the Renegade—The Spanish Main—Invalided

CHAPTER IX

Half Pay—The Albion—To Gibraltar with troops—Lisbon

CHAPTER X

The Training Brigs—In command of the Lyra

CHAPTER XI

Return to the A Ibion—Battie of Navarino

CHAPTER X II

Royal Yacht—In command of the Onyx—The Navarino Court-Martial

—Promoted Commander—Marriage and close of service

INDEX

PLAN—The entrance to the Baltic

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