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Sketches From My Life By The Late Admiral Hobart Pasha   By: (1822-1886)

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SKETCHES

FROM

MY LIFE

BY THE LATE

ADMIRAL HOBART PASHA

WITH A PORTRAIT

THIRD EDITION

LONDON LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO. 1887

All rights reserved

PRINTED BY SPOTTISWOODE AND CO., NEW STREET SQUARE LONDON

PREFACE.

These pages were the last ever written by the brave and true hearted sailor of whose life they are a simple record.

A few months before his death, some of his friends made the fortunate suggestion that he should put on paper a detailed account of his sporting adventures, and this idea gradually developed itself until the work took the present form of an autobiography, written roughly, it is true, and put together without much method, part of it being dictated at the Riviera during the last days of the author's fatal illness. Such as it is, however, we are convinced that the many devoted friends of Hobart Pasha who now lament his death will be glad to recall in these 'Sketches' the adventures and sports which some of them shared with him, and the genial disposition and manly qualities which endeared him to them all.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. A ROUGH START IN LIFE 1

II. PERILS BY SEA AND LAND 14

III. A TRAGICAL AFFAIR 27

IV. RIO DE JANEIRO 36

V. SLAVER HUNTING 43

VI. SLAVER HUNTING ( continued ) 53

VII. LOVE AND MURDER 62

VIII. THE QUEEN'S YACHT 71

IX. IN THE BALTIC 78

X. BLOCKADE RUNNING 87

XI. EXCITING ADVENTURES 103

XII. A VISIT TO CHARLESTON 120

XIII. NEVER CAUGHT! 133

XIV. LAST DAYS ON THE 'D N' 147

CHAPTER PAGE

XV. RICHMOND DURING THE SIEGE 159

XVI. THE LAND BLOCKADE 175

XVII. I ENTER THE TURKISH NAVY 186

XVIII. THE WAR WITH RUSSIA 201

XIX. THE TURKISH FLEET DURING THE WAR 217

XX. SPORT IN TURKEY 235

XXI. SPORT AND SOCIETY 253

EXTRACT FROM THE 'DAILY TELEGRAPH' 277

SKETCHES FROM MY LIFE.

CHAPTER I.

A ROUGH START IN LIFE.

To attempt to write and publish sketches of my somewhat eventful career is an act that, I fear, entails the risk of making enemies of some with whom I have come in contact. But I have arrived at that time of life when, while respecting, as I do, public opinion, I have hardened somewhat into indifference of censure. I will, however, endeavour to write as far as lies in my power (while recording facts) 'in charity with all men.' This can be done in most part by omitting the names of ships in which and officers under whom I have served.

I was born, as the novelists say, of respectable parents, at Walton on the Wold, in Leicestershire, on April 1, 1822. I will pass over my early youth, which was, as might be expected, from the time of my birth until I was ten years of age, without any event that could prove interesting to those who are kind enough to peruse these pages.

At the age of ten I was sent to a well known school at Cheam, in Surrey, the master of which, Dr. Mayo, has turned out some very distinguished pupils, of whom I was not fated to be one; for, after a year or so of futile attempt on my part to learn something, and give promise that I might aspire to the woolsack or the premiership, I was pronounced hopeless; and having declared myself anxious to emulate the deeds of Nelson, and other celebrated sailors, it was decided that I should enter the navy, and steps were taken to send me at once to sea.

A young cousin of mine who had been advanced to the rank of captain, more through the influence of his high connections than from any merit of his own, condescended to give me a nomination in a ship which he had just commissioned, and thus I was launched like a young bear, 'having all his sorrows to come,' into Her Majesty's navy as a naval cadet. I shall never forget the pride with which I donned my first uniform, little thinking what I should have to go through... Continue reading book >>




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