James Lowry wrote the memoir at the behest of his brother, John, in 1807, a couple of years after he had left the navy. As he had lost his possessions in a shipwreck during the voyage from Gibraltar to England, Lowry wrote the memoir entirely from memory and so some parts of the story are recounted in much detail, but others are sketched in outline or simply passed over. Any frustration that this may cause, however, quickly disperses with Lowry’s easy to read style of writing and the humanity which shows through it.
Horatio Nelson did not possess particularly good health. During the entire time he was growing up he suffered from many of the ailments common in the eighteenth century. After he joined the Navy he went down with fevers that further undermined his strength: he was always seasick outward bound when the ship first put to sea. The Fighting Admiral saw more action than most officers, and often took injuries – the loss of the sight in one eye and an amputated arm were the most public, but by no means his only wounds.
This personal experience of illness made him uniquely aware of the importance of health and fitness to the efficient running of a fleet, and this new book investigates Nelson’s personal contribution to improving the welfare of the men he commanded, the deeply humanitarian side of a great warrior.
There is all of 16 pages of photographs and illustrations to complement the text.
BigJules Blog - Julian Stockwin
The book deals in great detail with the Battle of Trafalgar and also with what could be regarded as the second most significant episode in her long career...It provides a valuable background to the often controversial issues involved in conserving and repairing such a large, complex and antique structure.