By Jamie Bruce Lockhart
Clapperton used to be born in Annan within the Scottish borders in 1788. Like many Scots of his iteration, he observed provider at sea because the route to reputation and riches within the British Empire. in the course of the Napoleonic Wars he served within the Mediterranean and the East Indies, and at the nice Lakes of Canada within the battle with the us.
After his discharge as a lieutenant in 1817, boredom and thirst for experience spurred him to exploration in Africa. He participated in expeditions to map the Niger and the sizeable unexplored hinterland of the Guinea coast, and had command of the second one of those - a whole scale diplomatic venture to a sector of big value to Britain's burgeoning political and advertisement imperial pursuits.
Jamie Bruce Lockhart has retraced Clapperton's footsteps and takes the reader via woodland, barren region and extremes of weather. during this shiny and sympathetic biography the reader witnesses Clapperton's adventures, hopes, fears, misfortunes and his finally lonely fate.
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He saw action immediately in his new role as a junior officer. 3 One month later Renommee and Grasshopper drove a 12‐ gun Spanish brig‐of‐war, San Josef, on shore under Cape Negretta. 4 Such operations brought him his first experience of leadership in close‐quarter fighting – his physique and disposition particularly suited him for cutlass work. On 11 June 1808 Hugh Clapperton was officially discharged to HMS Venerable, newly built that very year, a Third Rate ship‐of‐the‐line and effectively twice the size of Renommee.
Uncle and nephew went off to celebrate in the town, where Samuel provided Hugh with clothing and equipment suitable to his new status. Secure in the necessary patronage with which to make a fresh start at sea, he could look forward to pursuing a rewarding career as an officer in the Royal Navy. He saw action immediately in his new role as a junior officer. 3 One month later Renommee and Grasshopper drove a 12‐ gun Spanish brig‐of‐war, San Josef, on shore under Cape Negretta. 4 Such operations brought him his first experience of leadership in close‐quarter fighting – his physique and disposition particularly suited him for cutlass work.
And in an overwhelmingly inhospitable climate, commanding men on and below deck during lengthy unbroken periods at sea was not for the faint‐hearted. Tropical fevers were rife, yellow fever amongst them, and internal disorders commonplace. The crews perforce bore those risks and other attendant miseries as stoically as they might. For two months, on constant alert for Ladrones (pirates from the eponymous islands), Briggs patrolled the coast and moved between Macao and the Canton river, to press and allocate men among naval ships and to assist the East Indiamen in their cooperation with powerful Company officials at Whampoa.