Nelson’s Uncle: Captain Maurice Suckling R.N.

By David Syrett, published February 2002


Captain Maurice Sucking entered the Royal Navy at the age of 13 as an able seaman. During his career he climbed the ranks to command 60 and 70-gun ships. His career took him through an eventful time in European history, including the War of Jenkins Ear and the Seven Year War, but despite this he saw surprisingly little action. It is argued that if the story ended there, he would not have come to the notice of historians. But his later career saw him bring his nephew on to HMS Raisonable as a midshipman. This event saw the start of Horatio Nelson’s service in the Royal Navy. Later Suckling was appointed to the post of Controller of the Navy, a role in which he proved very effective, while continuing to act as Nelson’s patron.

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Filed under: Nelson | Atlantic | Austrian Succession | English Channel | Seven Years’ War | American Revolution | North Sea | Other (Eighteenth C) | Mediterranean | Caribbean
Subjects include: Biography

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