“I wonder if the Commodore in the series refers to Commodore George Ralph Collier, the first commander of the West Africa Squadron.”

Richard O’Brian’s historical novels starred the fictional Captain Jack Aubrey, but all his novels are based on Admiralty despatches of real actions, so “The Commodore” was almost certainly based on Commodore George Ralph Collier, although I didn’t know the name till now.

Freetown and the Kingdom of Dahomey feature in the story too.

I work in IT, Community volunteer interested in Politics, support Capitalism as the best economic system for lifting people out of poverty, Skeptical scientist.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store