Admiral Sir Charles Adam
Charles Adam, from a talented Scottish family, went to sea at the age of 10 and was given command of the 44-gun frigate Sybille before his 20th birthday. In 1801 Adam commanded the Sybille in a successful action against the French frigate La Chiffone in the harbour of Mahé, Seychelles. Although his frigate was larger, he also had to contend with a shore battery and a narrow channel within the harbour, thus seen to even the odds. Thereafter promotion to the highest ranks followed. Sir Charles Adam KBE, Admiral of the White, died in 1853, aged 73, whilst Governor of Greenwich Hospital.