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Cable, Sir James Eric Sydney Skelton (1920–2001), diplomatist and writer on naval strategy, was born on 15 November 1920, at 132 Earls Court Road, Kensington, London, the elder son of Eric Grant Cable (1887–1970), then serving in the consular department of the Foreign Office...

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Clerk, John, of Eldin (1728–1812), naval writer, was born at Penicuik, Edinburghshire, on 10 December 1728, the seventh son of Sir John Clerk of Penicuik, second baronet (1676–1755), politician and antiquary, and his second wife, Janet, née Inglis (d. 1760). His wealthy family background encouraged an open-minded attitude. He was educated at ...

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Lecky, Squire Thornton Stratford (1838–1902), writer on navigation, born in co. Down, was the son of Holland Lecky of Bally Holland House, Bangor, co. Down, and Castle Lecky, co. Londonderry. He was sent to school at Gracehill, co. Antrim. At fourteen, without permission of his parents, he began his career at sea as midshipman on the ...

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Norie, John William (1772–1843), hydrographer and writer on navigation, was born at 39 Burr Street, Wapping, London, on 3 July 1772, the eldest of the eight children of James Norie (1737–1793), a Scot who had trained for the Presbyterian church and kept a school in ...