Admiral Albert Hastings Markham -

Admiral Albert Hastings Markham

A Victorian Tale of Triumph, Tragedy and Exploration



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Few men have lived such an extraordinary life as Admiral Albert Hastings Markham. Besides dedicating five decades of his career to the Royal Navy, Markham was a voracious reader, prolific writer, keen naturalist, and daring explorer. He battled Chinese pirates during the Second Opium War and Taiping Rebellion; chased down Australian blackbirding ships in the South Pacific; trekked to within 400 miles of the North Pole; hunted buffalo and visited Indian reservations in the United States; observed a bloody war in South America; canoed Canada's remote Hayes River; and explored the icy waters of Baffin Bay and the Arctic Ocean archipelago of Novaya Zemlya. At the time of his death in 1918, The Globe declared that Markham's passing removed from society one of the most arresting figures of his time'. While Markham's life was filled with adventure, it was also marred by tragedy. Regrettably, Markham is best remembered for his role in the sinking of HMS Victoria in 1893. This one incident has tarnished his legacy until now. This book follows Markham on his nineteenth-century tales of adventure and misfortune and reassess the life of this forgotten admiral. AUTHOR: A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Frank Jastrzembski studied history at John Carroll University (BA) and Cleveland State University (MA). He has written dozens of articles for blogs, journals and magazines. He was awarded the Howard Browne Medal of the Victorian Military Society for 2015. He is the author of Valentine Baker's Heroic Stand At Tashkessen 1877: A Tarnished British Soldier's Glorious Victory (Pen & Sword, 2017).

Product code: 9781526725929

ISBN 9781526725929
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156
No. Of Pages 216
Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
A thoroughly researched biography of one of the most fascinating, but forgotten, admirals of Queen Victoria's navy.