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If you like Patrick O'Brian's naval stories, Thomas Cochrane's career will seem familiar. However, Cochrane's astonishing career was beyond any credible historical fiction. He should be better-known, especially with his South American exploits. There are monuments to him in Peru, Chile, and Brazil.
One heck of a life. Titanium balls for sure. Not crazy, just ballsy.
Capturing or sinking 53 ships with a toy boat is quite an accomplishment but then going on to help 3 nations gain their independence? I don't know why I've never heard of this guy, he had a quite remarkable life.
Never heard of him, but Dewey Lambdin wrote a series of books that are a bit bawdier than P. O'brian and much of Cochrane's Iberian peninsula exploits are fictionalized in some of those books. His trouble with the Admiralty and the courts as well.
Have always been impressed that you can read these novels and check the facts only to find the most outrages parts were in fact true.