Captain Jack Aubrey
Have you sailed with Captain Jack Aubrey?
Technically this is not possible as the Captain is a fictional character.
The good news is that if your read the 21 series of books you can sail with him in your head. After all that’s what a good book is for.
Widely regarded as one the best series of books based on one fictional character that has ever been written the books add up to an amazing read.
Not easy to get into. It took to me three attempts to read the first book called “Master and Commander”. But once you’re in the hook will give you many hours of enjoyment.
The film ”Master and Commander, the Far Side of the World” made in 2003 starring Russel Crowe is in my opinion the best film ever made, so far, on sailing in the British Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. The attention to detail and touches that sailors would understand are fascinating to discover.
There are rumours that a sequel is being made, I have two sources for this, firstly Russel Crowe hinted in November 2017 that a sequel was possible. Secondly a specialist supplier to film makers has hinted that they are providing services for the film which could be in production in South Africa as we speak; title unknown.
Who was Captain Jack Aubrey based on?
Patrick O’Brian was not an avid sailor himself but he learnt a huge amount of the history of naval actions during the Napoleonic Wars.
I believe there are three real life people that influenced the stories and naval actions in them.
Primarily Lord Nelson who you all know about. A junior Scottish Nobility called Thomas Cochrane who had a really extraordinary life and is well worth finding out about. For instance you will find Lord Cochrane Museum and Square in Valparaiso, Chile. A good read is Cochrane: The Story of Britannia’s Sea Wolf, by Donald Thomas.
Last but not least is Admiral Edward Pellew who lived in Flushing, near Falmouth in the fine County of Cornwall. His adventures at sea capturing vessels for bigger than his own are real stories of daring do.
The painting at the top of this page shows the Bombardment of Algiers 1816 by Chambers from the National Maritime Museum, London, Captain Pellew took part in the action.
Pilot Cutter Pellew
Under Construction in Truro Cornwall is a Pilot Cutter called ‘Pellew’ built traditionally in wood she is scheduled for launching later this year.