Admiral Albert Hastings Markham

A Victorian Tale of Triumph, Tragedy and Exploration

Frank Jastrzembski

Few men have lived such an extraordinary life as Admiral Albert Hastings Markham. Besides dedicating five decades of his career to the Royal Navy, Markham was a voracious reader, prolific writer, keen naturalist, and daring explorer.
Date Published :
February 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
50 (approx) custom illustrations and period engravings
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Hardback
ISBN : 9781526725929
Pages : 216
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Few men have lived such an extraordinary life as Admiral Albert Hastings Markham. Besides dedicating five decades of his career to the Royal Navy, Markham was a voracious reader, prolific writer, keen naturalist, and daring explorer. He battled Chinese pirates during the Second Opium War and Taiping Rebellion; chased down Australian blackbirding ships in the South Pacific; trekked to within 400 miles of the North Pole; hunted buffalo and visited Indian reservations in the United States; observed a bloody war in South America; canoed Canada’s remote Hayes River; and explored the icy waters of Baffin Bay and the Arctic Ocean archipelago of Novaya Zemlya. At the time of his death in 1918, The Globe declared that Markham’s passing removed from society ‘one of the most arresting figures of his time.’

While Markham’s life was filled with adventure, it was also marred by tragedy. Regrettably, Markham is best remembered for his role in the sinking of HMS Victoria in 1893. This one incident has tarnished his legacy until now. This book follows Markham on his nineteenth-century tales of adventure and misfortune and reassess the life of this forgotten admiral.

About The Author
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Frank Jastrzembski was born in 1988, near Cleveland, Ohio. He is a US citizen whose passion is writing about forgotten wars and soldiers of the nineteenth century. He graduated from John Carroll University with a BA in History and from Cleveland State University with an MA in History. His graduate studies dealt with the history of cemeteries in the nineteenth century and the psychological experiences of US volunteer soldiers during the Mexican-American War (1846—48).

REVIEWS
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The author of this book has drawn on a remarkably rich bibliography, which includes Markham’s own writings, to produce a thoroughly entertaining account which is bound to leave the reader with the impression that Admiral Markham, despite his perceived failings, really does deserve a place in the pantheon of Victorian heroes.

- Phil Curme

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