A Protégé of Pellew

By A. Temple Patterson, published August 1977


A collection of family letters tells the story of John Smyth, son of a Suffolk clergyman, being taken to sea in 1803 as a ‘boy’ protégé by Sir Edward Pellew in the 80-gun ship Tonnant. Suffused with patriotic enthusiasm, the letters give an account of Smyth’s early experiences in joining up with his ship and being looked after kindly, followed by blockade duties off Ferrol. Midshipman Smyth then moved with Pellew when the latter took command of the East Indies Station but died in Madras in 1805, probably from dysentery, thus cutting short what might have been a successful naval career.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Napoleonic War | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Biography

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