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In due course of time, Mrs. Easy presented her husband with a fine boy, whom we present to the public as our hero.”

Frederick Marryat, Mr. Midshipman Easy

Captian Frederick Marryat (1792-1848) first attempted to run away to sea at fourteen. His father, a member of Parliament, helped him secure a midshipman’s berth on a frigate commanded by the daring Thomas Cochrane. Frederick would go on to serve in the British Royal Navy for over twenty years, serving in the Battle of Aix Roads and the War of 1812. When he turned his pen to naval life, he became the preeminent chronicler of British naval seamen in the great Age of Nelson.

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