The Commodore


Cover art for Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin series book. Part of Commodore Aubrey’s West African squadron. Laurel, 22 guns, leads Bellona, 74, Stately, 64, and Aurora, 28, with the schooner Ringle, Bellona’s tender. In most cases Patrick press-gangs real ships into his novels: the Ringle is an exception.

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