By Jamie Bruce Lockhart
Clapperton used to be born in Annan within the Scottish borders in 1788. Like many Scots of his iteration, he observed provider at sea because the route to reputation and riches within the British Empire. throughout the Napoleonic Wars he served within the Mediterranean and the East Indies, and at the nice Lakes of Canada within the conflict with the USA.
After his discharge as a lieutenant in 1817, boredom and thirst for experience spurred him to exploration in Africa. He participated in expeditions to map the Niger and the monstrous unexplored hinterland of the Guinea coast, and had command of the second one of those - an entire scale diplomatic undertaking to a sector of big value to Britain's burgeoning political and advertisement imperial pursuits.
Jamie Bruce Lockhart has retraced Clapperton's footsteps and takes the reader via wooded area, wilderness and extremes of weather. during this vibrant and sympathetic biography the reader witnesses Clapperton's adventures, hopes, fears, misfortunes and his finally lonely fate.
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Extra info for A Sailor in the Sahara: The Life and Travels in Africa of Hugh Clapperton, Commander RN
By the end of 1805 he was well settled in his chosen career, the comradely spirit on board, the adventure and the journeys of discovery to far‐ flung countries affording him personal pleasure and fulfilment. Nineteenth‐century biographers waxed either evasive or sentimental on the subject, the Reverend J. Convicted of smuggling and given the option of imprisonment or impressment, he chose the latter and, on 8 February 1806, was duly bound over to serve in His Majesty’s navy. Two weeks later he was sent to Spithead on board a crowded naval transport.
For Americans, the conflict constituted a second War of Independence; for the Canadians it boiled down to a simple matter of survival. Royal Navy flotillas on the Lakes were tasked with providing support for the land forces, and the Atlantic squadrons were ordered to tie up America’s ships in diversionary operations on the eastern and southern seaboards. He was said to be the life and soul of any party in the wardroom, an excellent table companion, known for his amusing tales and witty conversation.
Eventually, on 31 October 1813, in moderate gales and squalls, HMS Illustrious bowled past the Lizard and up the Channel. Midshipman Clapperton was once more at their Lordships’ disposal. On return home, Alexander Skene was appointed flag captain to Vice‐Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane, lately made commander‐ in‐chief of the North Atlantic station, and given command of the flagship, HMS Asia, shortly to be deployed to Bermuda. Skene entered Clapperton’s name for the Atlantic fleet and the young petty officer was happy to be asked to accompany him to the new front, where undoubtedly lay the best prospects of action, promotion and eventual command.
A Sailor in the Sahara: The Life and Travels in Africa of Hugh Clapperton, Commander RN by Jamie Bruce Lockhart