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CRAWFORD, Abraham, Captain.
Reminiscences of a Naval Officer, during the Late War.
London: Henry Colburn, , 1851. 2 volumes octavo, bound in one. Publisher's green straight-grained cloth, title gilt to the spine within an elaborate frame, similarly attractive panels in blind to the boards, pale cream surface-paper endpapers. Lithographed portrait frontispiece to each volume, Admirals Sir Edward Owen and Sir Benjamin Hallowell Carew. Somewhat rubbed, and a little soiled, front hinge repaired, first frontispiece spotted, and first title page browned, light browning otherwise, a very good copy. First edition. Crawford entered the navy in 1800 as a first class volunteer on board HMS Diamond "in which he assisted in the capture of many of the enemy's ships, armed and otherwise" (O'Byrne). He transferred to the Immortalité and later Clyde, frigates, under Admiral Owen as a midshipman "and appears to have been almost daily in action from June 1802 until Aug. 1806, with detachments of the Boulogne flotilla." With Duckworth on the Royal George at the forcing of the Dardanelles in 1807, Crawford was present at the destruction of the Turkish squadron off Point Pesquies. Promoted lieutenant in the Sultan, he was involved in frequent cutting out operations in the Gulf of Genoa, taking part in the pursuit of the French ships of the line Robuste and Lion in 1809. In 1810-11 he served under Admiral Carew in the blockade of Toulon and supporting the Catalonian insurgents on the coast, being present at the siege of Tarragona. Promoted commander in 1815 he was given command of the Grasshopper on the West India Station, where he served until invalided home in 1829, promo … [Cliquez ci-dessous pour une description complète]
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