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Old 16th May 2020, 20:06
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Slow Biker
 
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Originally Posted by tow1709 View Post
Re Coronel and the Falklands as mentioned by Union Jack above. There is an excellent book of the same name by Geoffrey Bennett, who also wrote one about Jutland.
Captain John Luce who commanded HMS Glasgow at Coronel and the Falklands was the great grandfather of comedian Miranda Hart.
And Miranda's father commanded HMS Coventry during the Falklands unpleasantness.

I second stevef's choice of Two Years Before the Mast. Dana was a Harvard student but signed on as an ordinary seaman in the 1830s; he kept a diary of his adventures. I still have it on my shelf after probably 35 years.
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