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Book Title: Gale Force 10: The Life and Legacy of Admiral Beaufort|
The author of the book: Nicholas Courtney
Edition: Headline Book Publishing
Date of issue: June 1st 2003
ISBN 13: 9780747264859
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Known as the Beaufort Scale, the shipping forecast broadcast on the radio has never been bettered and, as a result, never replaced. This lasting legacy of Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort is only part of his overall contribution to the world of the mariner, scientist, and antiquarian. Nicholas Courtney chronicles the life of this unsung hero whose early years come straight from the pages of "Hornblower" pirates, wars, and royalty, and whose later life carries on from "Longitude." The story, set at the turn of the 19th century, of this courageous officer who was instrumental to the major discoveries and surveys of his day, not least the voyages of the Beagle and the subsequent fame of Charles Darwin, is told here for the first time.
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Nicholas Courtney is an author, broadcaster and lecturer. After graduating from the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester he managed two estates in Northamptonshire, then took a sabbatical to travel in Europe and sail the length and breadth of the Mediterranean.
It was then (1970) that his love affair with the Croatian littoral began. On his return to England he was appointed the general manager of the Island of Mustique in the West Indies where he stayed for four years.
He then began writing, at first fiction followed by historical non-fiction. Among his many published works are the best-selling Gale Force 10, the life and legacy of Admiral Beaufort (he of the wind scale), the award-winning The Queen’s Stamps, the Official History of the Royal Philatelic Collection, and Swinley Special.