1. Thomas Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander

Disastrous History: A Disasters of History Podcast


Dan tells a story as dramatic, unlikely and exciting as any ever penned by an author about one of Britain’s greatest sailors. Thomas Lord Cochrane was a naval commander with an illustrious career in the Napoleonic Wars who once strapped himself to a floating bomb, in a rising storm, in the dead of a moonless night to take out a French fleet. Another time, he convinced an enemy force to surrender to a navy that didn’t exist. Napoleon dubbed him ‘The Sea Wolf’.


In part 1 of this 3-part series, Dan delves into Cochrane’s early life and career starting out as a young man discovering a penchant for the sea, adventure and war.


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The rest of the series will be available for all listeners from Monday 8th January.


Written by Dan Snow, produced by Mariana Des Forges, edited by Joseph Knight and sound designed & mixed by Dougal Patmore.


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