Chilean Navy honours Admiral Lord Cochrane

Thursday, 25th May 2023

Chilean Navy honours Admiral Lord Cochrane

The Chilean Navy paid its annual tribute at the grave of Admiral Thomas Cochrane, the 10th Earl of Dundonald, on Wednesday 24th May 2023.

Wreaths were laid by HE The Ambassador of Chile, Mrs Susana Herrera Quezada, and by Rear Admiral Shepherd, representing the First Sea Lord.

The wreath laying ceremony was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle MBE.

The Earl of Dundonald read from Psalm 107.

About Thomas Cochrane

Admiral Thomas 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 (played by Russell Crowe in the film Master and Commander).