1756

born in Falmouth, son of James Bolitho

1768

entered the King's service as a midshipman on Manxman (80)

1772

Midshipman Gorgon (74)
Richard Bolitho - Midshipman
Midshipman Bolitho and the Avenger

1774

promoted Lieutenant Destiny (28); Rio and the Caribbean
Stand Into Danger

1775 - 1777

Lieutenant Trojan (80) during the American Revolution; later appointed prizemaster
In Gallant Company

1778

promoted Commander Sparrow (18); Battle of the Chesapeake
Sloop of War

1780

Birth of Adam, illegitimate son of Hugh Bolitho and Kerenza Pascoe

1782

promoted Captain Phalarope (32); West Indies; Battle of Saintes
To Glory We Steer

1784

Captain Undine (32); India and East Indies
Command a King's Ship

1787

Captain Tempest (36); Great South Sea; Tahiti; suffered serious fever
Passage to Mutiny

1792

Captain, the Nore; recruiting
With All Despatch

1793

Captain Hyperion (74); Mediterranean; Bay of Biscay; West Indies
Form Line of Battle!
Enemy in Sight!

1795

promoted Flag Captain Euryalus (100); involved in the Great Mutiny; Mediterranean; promoted Commodore
The Flag Captain

1798

Battle of the Nile
Signal - Close Action!

1800

promoted Rear-Admiral; Baltic
The Inshore Squadron

1801

Biscay; prisoner of war
A Tradition of Victory

1802

promoted Vice-Admiral; West Indies
Success to the Brave

1803

Mediterranean
Colours Aloft

1805

Battle of Trafalgar
Honour This Day

1806-1807

Good Hope; second Battle of Copenhagen
The Only Victor

1808

Shipwrecked off Africa
Beyond the Reef

1809-1810

Mauritius campaign
The Darkening Sea

1812

promoted Admiral; second American war
For My Country's Freedom

1814

defense of Canada; second American war
Cross of St George

1815

killed in action
Sword of Honour

Richard Bolitho – A Life

To Glory We Steer was published in 1968, and was such a success that the publicity director of Hutchinson suggested I should map out (roughly) Richard Bolitho’s life from birth to death so it could be used on a bookmark, each bookmark to be updated on the publication of a new novel. Not an easy job, I might add, so I sat down and worked it all out, the essential parts of his career. I chose his date of birth with care because as he matures it leads him through the most interesting time in naval history, so he wouldn’t be too young or too old at any point, like the American and French revolutions and the Battle of Trafalgar.”                            
                                                – Douglas Reeman



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