Chilean Navy Day
The Chilean Navy will pay its annual tribute to Admiral Thomas Cochrane at a wreath laying in the Abbey on Tuesday 21st May 2019.
Admiral Cochrane (1775-1860) had a truly remarkable career as a naval officer and a politician. One of the Royal Navy's most audacious and feared commanders during the Napoleonic Wars, he went on to command the Chilean, Brazilian and Greek navies, helping these countries in their fight for independence.
His life and exploits served as inspiration for the naval fiction of 20th century novelists C.S. Forester, who created the character of Capt Horatio Hornblower around him, and Patrick O’Brian, who drew on Cochrane’s tactics for his naval stories featuring Captain Jack Aubrey.
He is buried in the Nave of the Abbey.
Attendance is by invitation only.