By Jamie Bruce Lockhart
Clapperton used to be born in Annan within the Scottish borders in 1788. Like many Scots of his new release, he observed carrier at sea because the route to popularity and riches within the British Empire. through the Napoleonic Wars he served within the Mediterranean and the East Indies, and at the nice Lakes of Canada within the struggle with the USA.
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 monstrous unexplored hinterland of the Guinea coast, and had command of the second one of those - an entire scale diplomatic venture to a area of massive significance to Britain's burgeoning political and advertisement imperial pursuits.
Jamie Bruce Lockhart has retraced Clapperton's footsteps and takes the reader via wooded area, barren region and extremes of weather. during this bright and sympathetic biography the reader witnesses Clapperton's adventures, hopes, fears, misfortunes and his eventually lonely fate.
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Such concern was hardly shared by the squadrons operating around the world (and certainly not by Hugh Clapperton), but the Admiralty felt obliged to do something; they therefore hired Harry Angelo, a London sword‐master, to set the Royal Navy to rights. His drills, however, proved more effective as gymnastic exercises than as preparation for battle. Nevertheless, Angelo was sent to Portsmouth to set up the new programme (and indeed held the post of instructor there for many years). Clapperton spent two months learning the moves and exercising with the master himself.
Fresh stores, including lemons, onions and wine from South Africa, were taken on and decks and yards smartened up since there were ceremonial duties to perform, with receptions on board and great gun salutes, 30 EAST INDIES 1810–1813 before HMS Illustrious, with fourteen sail in company, weighed anchor on 31 August. Eventually, on 31 October 1813, in moderate gales and squalls, HMS Illustrious bowled past the Lizard and up the Channel. Midshipman Clapperton was once more at their Lordships’ disposal.
Hugh Clapperton, AB, again proved himself well‐qualified, competent and reliable on deck. And Renommee’s participation in Atlantic fleet duties off Cadiz also delivered a sudden and very agreeable new direction to Clapperton’s burgeoning naval career. His uncle Samuel was Captain of Marines2 on board one of Lord Collingwood’s ships‐of‐the‐line, HMS Saturn, and in mid‐October 1807, during a return to Gibraltar for refitting, reprovisioning and watering, Renommee and Saturn lay alongside each other at the mole.