Admiral Lord St. Vincent - Saint or Tyrant?: The Life of Sir John Jervis, Nelsons Patron

By: James D.G. Davidson

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BA5 - A hardcover book in very good condition in very good dust jacket. Dust jacket and book have some bumped corners, light discoloration and shelf wear. 9.5"x6.5", 230 pages. Satisfaction Guaranteed. Admiral of the Fleet John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent GCB, PC was an admiral in the Royal Navy and Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom. Jervis served throughout the latter half of the 18th century and into the 19th, and was an active commander during the Seven Years' War, American War of Independence, French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars. He is best known for his victory at the 1797 Battle of Cape Saint Vincent, from which he earned his titles, and as a patron of Horatio Nelson. Despite having a fierce reputation for discipline his crews had great affection for him, calling him Old Jarvie. Jervis was also recognised by both political and military contemporaries as a fine administrator and naval reformer. As Commander-in-chief of the Mediterranean, between 1795 and 1799 he introduced a series of severe standing orders to avert mutiny. He applied those orders to both seamen and officers alike, a policy that made him a controversial figure. He took his disciplinarian system of command with him when he took command of the Channel Fleet in 1799. In 1801, as First Lord of the Admiralty he introduced a number of reforms that, though unpopular at the time, made the Navy more efficient and more self-sufficient. He introduced innovations including block making machinery at Portsmouth Royal Dockyard. St Vincent was known for his generosity to officers he considered worthy of reward and his swift and often harsh punishment of those he felt deserved it. Jervis' entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography by P. K. Crimmin describes his contribution to history: "His importance lies in his being the organiser of victories; the creator of well-equipped, highly efficient fleets; and in training a school of officers as professional, energetic, and devoted to the service as himself."

Title: Admiral Lord St. Vincent - Saint or Tyrant?: The Life of Sir John Jervis, Nelsons Patron

Author: James D.G. Davidson

Categories: Biography,

Publisher: Great Britain, Pen & Sword Military: 2006

ISBN: 184415386X

ISBN 13: 9781844153862

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall

Book ID: ec53866

Keywords: BIOGRAPHY ADMIRAL LORD ST. VINCENT SIR JOHN JERVIS,