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Admiral of the Fleet Sir George Cockburn, 10th Baronet (1772-1853)

Extract from a diary of Rear Admiral Sir George Cockburn : with particular reference to General Napoleon Bonaparte, on the passage from England to Saint Helena in 1815, on board H.M.S. Northumberland, bearing the Rear Admiral's flag. 1860

RCIN 1047049

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Admiral George Cockburn commanded HMS Northumberland, which conveyed Napoleon to his exile in St Helena. He spent much time with Napoleon on the long voyage and noted down their conversations. In this extract, he records celebrating the Emperor’s birthday, and discussing Napoleon’s planned invasion of Britain.