Chilean Navy Wreathlaying
Monday, 21st May 2007
The Chilean Navy paid its annual tribute in the Abbey to Admiral Cochrane, the 10th Earl of Dundonald Admiral Thomas Cochrane (1775-1860) had a truly remarkable career as a naval officer and a politician.
One of the navy's most audacious and feared commanders, he served with distinction in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. He was later wrongly jailed for fraud, stripped of his naval rank and parliamentary seat.
However he went on to command the Chilean, Brazilian and Greek navies, helping these countries in their fight for independence. He completed a remarkable comeback when he received a Royal pardon and the restoration of his naval rank. His life and exploits served as inspiration for the naval fiction of twentieth-century novelists C.S. Forester, who built the character of Capt Horatio Hornblower around him, and Patrick O'Brian who drew on Cochrane's tactics for a series of novels featuring Captain Jack Aubrey.
A wreath in memory of Lord Cochrane was laid at his tomb in the Nave by Vice Admiral Gudelio Mondaca accompanied by the Chilean Chargé D'Affaires Alex Geiger and the Head of the Chilean Naval Mission in the UK Captain Jose Miguel Romero.