By Kevin D. Mccranie
Lord Keith, a Scottish admiral who rose to prominence serving His Majesty from 1761 to 1815, ended his profession via overseeing Napoleon’s hand over in 1815. Born George Keith Elphinstone, Keith at one time or one other held approximately each very important command within the British military, and his tale illustrates the navy’s heritage through the Age of scuffling with Sail. McCranie’s booklet is the 1st smooth biography of Keith, who discovered the paintings of commanding unmarried ships and small squadrons through the American Revolution. Keith finally 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 loose passage of trade. a talented administrator, who every now and then managed greater than two hundred ships over hundreds of thousands of sq. miles of ocean, Keith effectively navigated the political and social waters to boot. Drawing on greater than 100,000 inner most and public documents, McCranie files Keith’s dealings with the British executive, the Royal kinfolk, the Admiralty, the French govt, the French army, 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 army, the writer deals a private portrait and narrative of a career-conscious officer who fearful approximately what others considered him. This e-book will entice historians of the Royal military, the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic period, in addition to fans of the Age of battling Sail.
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With the election results in doubt, Captain Elphinstone received orders from the Admiralty to proceed to sea in the Warwick (50). 6 For the next two years Elphinstone remained on active duty and could not take his seat in Parliament; however, he maintained correspondence with friends in Britain and began to believe, from firsthand experience, that the American War was lost. He lamented after the failure at the Chesapeake and commented to his sister, “We make but a bad hand of war. . ”7 With these feelings, he increasingly identified with those who opposed George III and sought to end the war.
36 “My liking the sea very well”: Education and Advancement—His Early Naval Career (1746–82) / 15 Elphinstone took charge of the naval defense of East Florida, which was made difficult by the many islands, inlets, and lagoons that formed a series of inland waterways. 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.
In each instance he voted against Pitt and for the heir. 21 When George III recovered and learned of Elphinstone’s actions, it upset the king. This displeasure surfaced when Prince William, now the Duke of Clarence and of St. Andrews, named Elphinstone to his permanent household as controller and treasurer. George III contended that he had supported the Opposition against the royal prerogative, and this could not be tolerated. ”22 While Elphinstone’s relationship with the Duke of Clarence and the Prince of Wales matured, the forty-one-year-old officer sought companionship in marriage.
Admiral Lord Keith and the Naval War against Napoleon (New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology) by Kevin D. Mccranie