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  • Post-captain is an obsolete alternative form of the rank of captain in the Royal Navy. The term served to distinguish those who were captains by rank from: Officers in command of a naval vessel, who were addressed as captain regardless of rank; Commanders, who received the title of captain as a courtesy, whether they currently had a command or not; this custom is now defunct. Once an officer had been promoted to post-captain, his further promotion was strictly by seniority; if he could avoid death or disgrace, he would eventually become an admiral. In the Royal Navy of the time, an officer might have a rank, but not a command. Until the officer had a command, he was "on the beach" and on half-pay. An officer who was promoted from commander was a captain, but until he was given a command, he was on half-pay. Once the captain was given a command, his name was "posted" in the London Gazette. An officer "took post" or was "made post" when he was first commissioned to command a rated vessel — that is, a ship too important to be commanded by a mere commander. Unrated vessels could also in some cases be commanded by post-captains. Being "made post" is portrayed as the most crucial event in an officer's career in both Forester's Horatio Hornblower series and O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series.

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Character Chapter Page number Description
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  • Jack sees Diana fox hunting with Savile's hounds
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  • tea with the Williams, tells about Jack, the taking of Cacafuego
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  • Jack describes the Battle of Cape St. Vincent to the Williams
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Ship Chapter Page number Description
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  • Charwell and Dee chase a french two-decker
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  • Charwell and Dee chase a French two-decker
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  • I was third of the Orion
Place Chapter Page number Description
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  • Jack and Stephen's rented house in Sussex
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  • The williams residence, in Sussex

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