Master and Commander - WikipediaMaturin elbows Aubrey in the side to quiet his humming while they are listening to the quartet and almost provokes a duel. On his return to his lodgings, Aubrey finds that he has been given a command and promoted to the rank of commander. His joy overcomes his animosity towards Maturin and after coffee at 'Joselito's Coffee House' they become fast friends. As 'Master and Commander', and in charge of the tiny sloop-of-war HMS Sophie , Aubrey has to fill out his crew, including the post of ship's surgeon. He persuades Maturin to serve, at least on a temporary basis, although as a physician, he is overqualified for the job. Aubrey improves the Sophie's sailing qualities by adding a larger spar to her mainmast, enabling him to spread a larger mainsail. He makes her ready to sail in convoy with twelve merchant vessels.
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Master and Commander
Hollywood just capitalized on the name … again. The year is and Jack is shipless at port, waiting for orders. Much to his surprise, his orders finally come through and he has received a promotion. He is to be Commander of his very own vessel, the Sophie. During his preparations and elated mood, he bumps into Dr. Stephen Maturin, an acquaintance from only the previous evening.
The novel opens in April Jack Aubrey, a shipless lieutenant wasting away in the Royal Navy port of Mahon in Minorca.
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Sign in. During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America. In April during the Napoleonic Wars, H. Surprise, a British frigate, is under the command of Captain Jack Aubrey. Aubrey and the Surprise's current orders are to track and capture or destroy a French privateer named Acheron.
This is the story of Captain Jack Aubrey's first command, and the beginning of what has been called one of the greatest literary buddy stories in recent history. Master and Commander is the story of the maturing and tempestuous relationship between a ship's Captain and the ship's surgeon, Dr. Stephen Maturin, two unforgettable characters revealing themselves for the first time in Patrick O'Brian's first book about Captain Jack. The book itself begins with a small concert in Italy, where the Aubrey, at that moment a lieutenant, meets Stephen, who will become his companion on many voyages. The meeting is not sanguine, because Stephen manages to offend the Jack, who has irritated him by his crude attempts at rhythmical thumping during the concert. It is hard to imagine that these two will become very serious musical partners, Stephen on the cello and Jack on the fiddle, during their long voyages. This first book encapsulates the highs and lows of Jack's life as a Master and Commander, the lowest rank of Captain in the British Navy.
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