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 William H.G. Kingston 
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I recently finished Marmaduke Merry, the Midshipman. Although it's a Victorian era boys' adventure with some fanciful bits (like one of the sailors being attacked by a "sea monster"), I really enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more of Kingston's work.

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I have only one of his books, The Three Midshipmen, as yet unread. I do confess I like these books intended “for young people”, as in Fitchett’s Hirondelle. They act as a magnet for young minds, keeping them reading, and thirsting for more.

I find Kingston especially interesting as he was the grandnephew of the chap over on the left, my avatar, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Harry Burrard Neale, who was well-known, when as Captain, he had the respect of his crew at the Nore mutiny in 1797, thus enabling him to take his ship, the frigate San Fiorenzo, away from the mutiny. One of Kingston’s novels is The San Fiorenzo and her Captain which is the account of Admiral Mitford, who was a midshipman under Sir Harry aboard the frigate at the time.

Not only did Kingston inherit his uncle’s love of the sea, but his father was a merchant in Oporto with the young Kingston making many voyages to Portugal. The Editor’s note in my book reads “In all, he wrote over a hundred books; and when he was tired of writing, he went sailing, and thought of a new story as he sailed.”

I searched The Times for information about him and in his obituary in the issue of August 10th, 1880, it reads " … As a boy it had been his earliest wish to enter the Navy, and, in late life, many opportunites were afforded him by friends to take cruises on board men-of-war, by which means he gathered a practical knowledge of seamanship, which enabled him to give graphic pictures of a sailor life. For several years he was constantly afloat, either in his own yacht, merchant vessels, or men-of-war…..”

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Interesting information about Kingston. Thanks!

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