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RN OLD OAK-John Jervis Earl St Vincent by William James
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OLD OAK
The Life of John Jervis
EARL of St. VINCENT

ADMIRAL SIR WILLIAM JAMES

1st. 1950 Published by
Longmans, Green & Co.,
London

 

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JACKET BLURB

OLD OAK
" No man ever commanded a fleet in better style than Lord St. Vincent ; no man ever displayed better judgment in the selection of his officers ; no man knew better how to enforce discipline ; no man ever displayed greater promptitude in action, or made a better use of the means placed at his disposal."

John Jervis, Earl of St. Vincent, was indeed one of our great seamen, and Admiral Sir William James, himself a seaman of considerable repute, has done full justice to his great predecessor in this his latest biography.

Jervis started his career by running away from school to join the navy, and by the time he died he had been Commander-in-Chief of the Channel and Mediterranean Fleets, and First Sea Lord at the Admiralty. He found the fleet corrupt and inefficient, he left it the most powerful single fighting force against Napoleon, and it is no exaggeration to say that without him, there would have been no Nile, no Copenhagen, no Trafalgar. It was he who appointed Nelson as commander over the head of more senior officers, and he who in the face of bitter opposition restored discipline, health and seaworthiness so that " it was enough to name him ; he was the glory of the British Navy and the Terror of our foes."

Above all, a great seaman, appropriately called " My Old Oak " by George IV, John Jervis was also a striking personality with a strong sense of humour and great courtesy. His kindness and his generosity were equalled by the loyalty he inspired and Admiral James's skilful use of his notes and quaintly expressed letters reveal a great man of the utmost integrity.

CONTENTS

Chapter
   
  INTRODUCTION
     
I.
  EARLY DAYS, 1735-1748
II.
  MIDSHIPMAN, 1748-1754
H.M.S. Gloucester—Hardship—H.M.S. Sphinx
III.
  LIEUTENANT, 1754-1758
Captain Saunders—Mediterranean Flagship—First Command, H.M.S. Experiment
IV.
  LIEUTENANT TO CAPTAIN, 1759-1763
Quebec Expedition—Commander, H.M.S. Porcupine—With Wolfe at Quebec— H.M.S. Abany—Mutiny—Captain, H.M.S. Gosport
V.
  FRIGATE CAPTAIN, 1769-1771
H.M.S. Alarm—Shipwreck—Royal Guest—Mediterranean Cruise
VI.
  CONTINENTAL TOURS, 1772-1775
France—Russia—Sweden--Holland
VII.
  BATTLESHIP CAPTAIN, 1775-1782
Battle of Ushant—Keppel's Court-martial—Capture of the Pegase —Knighted
VIII.
  REAR ADMIRAL, 1783-1793
M.P. Great Yarmouth—Rear-Admiral, Channel Fleet—M.P. Chipping Wycombe
IX.
  COMBINED OPERATIONS IN WEST INDIES, 1793-1795
Martinique—St. Lucia—Guadeloupe—Loss of Guadeloupe—Appointed Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean
X.
  COMMANDER - IN - CHIEF MEDITERRANEAN, 1795-1796
Blockade of Toulon—First meeting with Nelson—Man's desertion —Compelled to evacuate Mediterranean
XI.
  COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF MEDITERRANEAN, 1797
Fleet reduced by shipwreck—Tagus base—Battle of St. Vincent
XII.
  COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF MEDITERRANEAN, 1797
Blockade of Cadiz — Establishing discipline — Mutiny— Inshore squadron—Mutiny—Santa Cruz expedition
XIII.
  COMMANDER - IN - CHIEF MEDITERRANEAN, 1798-1799
Blockade of Cadiz—Nelson to Mediterranean—Mutiny—Battle of the Nile—Capture of Minorca—Fleet re-enters Mediterranean
XIV.
  COMMANDER - IN - CHIEF CHANNEL FLEET, 1800-1801
Blockade of Brest—Restoring discipline—Coastal operations
XV.
  FIRST LORD, 1801-1802
Baltic campaign—Copenhagen—Patronage—Anti-invasion plans
XVI.
  FIRST LORD, 1802-1804
Naval Abuses Bill—Opposition in Parliament—Personal attacks— Preparing for war—Renewal of war
XVII.
  COMMANDER - IN - CHIEF CHANNEL FLEET, 1806-1807
Blockade of Brest—Restoring discipline—Ambassador to Portugal
XVIII.
  LAST YEARS, 1807-1823
   
  INDEX

PORTRAITS

EARL OF ST. VINCENT
From an engraving of a drawing by Sir Francis Chantrey
EARL OF ST. VINCENT
From an engraving of a portrait by Sir William Beechey
EARL OF ST. VINCENT
from the Mezzotint by C. Turner after the painting by Sir William Beechey

MAPS

WEST INDIAN ISLANDS, 1776
MEDITERRANEAN SEA

BATTLE PLAN

ST. VINCENT, February 14th, 1797, about 1 p.m.

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