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    Re: Janet Taylor's "Principles of Navigation Simplified" (1837) on ebay
    From: Don Seltzer
    Date: 2018 Apr 1, 18:46 -0400
    After the conclusion of the Napoleonic War in 1815 the Royal Navy was greatly reduced and many officers were beached with half pay.  Some sought employment overseas, particularly in South America where Spanish colonies were fighting for their independence.  Lord Cochrane  was the most famous of these, serving first as an Admiral of the Chilean navy, followed by the Brazilian navy (and eventually Greece).  Almost all of the officers of the Chilean Navy were British or American, as well as the majority of the crews. 

    Thomas Sackville-Crosbie had been a Lieutenant in the RN but found quick promotion in South America under Cochrane in Chile and Brazil.  The British Government sought to discourage this practice and passed the Foreign Enlistment Act in 1819 prohibiting such service.  Apparently Sackville-Crosbie ignored the ban and he was stricken from the Navy List in 1821.  Later, under Queen Victoria, he was reinstated in the RN with no loss of seniority.

    Don Seltzer

    On Sun, Apr 1, 2018 at 4:45 PM, William A <NoReply_WilliamA@fer3.com> wrote:

    Frank, I looked at you auction today and I saw you have another book for sale. The nautical almanac for 1827at https://www.ebay.com/itm/British-Nautical-Almanac-1827-28-Brazilian-War-of-Independence-autographed/142742025999?hash=

    I like reading your auction descriptions because I almots always learn something new about navigation and history or science. In this one, you described something in the 1820s. Apparently this Nautical Almanac was owned by a Commander Sackville-Colby and you say that he was a British officer who was captain of a Brazilian frigate during the Brazilian war of independence in the 1820s. That was new to me! How did this come about? Why were Royal Naval officers serving on warships in the Brazlian navy? Was it legal or were these guys renegades or outlaws? Please tell us more. Or maybe Don Seltzer? Or anyone else in NavList?   ......Bill A. in Texas.

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