- ISBN/SKU: 9781848320970
- Binding: Hardcover (USAC)
- Era: 19th Century
- Number of Pages: 224
- Subject: Autobiography
- Date Available: May 2011
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Frederick Chamier went to sea in 1809 as an officer in the Royal Navy. Like his contemporary Captain Frederick Marryat, he enjoyed a successful literary career and is well remembered for his naval novels. This book, his first, is usually catalogued as fiction, although it is an exact account of his naval experiences, with every individual, ship, and event he described corroborated by his service records. Told with humor and insight, it is considered one of the era's most authentic accounts of a young officer’s service.
From anti-slavery patrols off Africa to punitive raids on the American coast during the War of 1812, Chamier provides details of many lesser-known campaigns. His descriptions of British naval operations in America, which reflected his objection to bringing the war to the civilian population, were highly criticized by his seniors.
Frederick Chamier saw service in the Walcheren campaign, the Mediterranean, and operations around Baltimore and Washington. His novels include The Unfortunate Man and The Arethusa, among other books.
Praise for Life of a Sailor
“Another excellent little book in the series ‘Seafarers’ Voices’ this is up to the same high standard as ‘Galley Slaves’ and ‘A Privateer’s Voyage Round the World.’ “
— AUSMarine, August 2012
“The articulate Chamier vividly describes life on ship and in port, and Mark Twain could have written parts of this wry and entertaining tale. Life of a Sailor is a valuable resource for anyone writing about the seafaring life, and readers who love the sea will thoroughly enjoy this book.”
— HistoricNovelSociety.org