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Chilean Navy honours Lord Cochrane

Tuesday, 20th May 2014

Chilean Navy honours Lord Cochrane

The Chilean Navy paid its annual tribute at the grave of Admiral Cochrane, the 10th Earl of Dundonald, on Tuesday 20th May 2014.

Wreaths were laid by Mathias Francke, Chargé d’Affaires of the Chilean Embassy, and by Admiral Sir George Zambellas, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff of the Royal Navy.

The wreath laying ceremony was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall.

The 15th Earl of Dundonald read Psalm 107.

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).

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Thomas Cochrane, Earl of Dundonald

It’s very hard not to be enthusiastic working at the Abbey. If this place doesn’t make you smile I don’t know what will.


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