"Marryat was born in London in 1792. One might guess that he didn’t much like home or school life because, on several occasions, he attempted to run away to sea. Finally his father decided that perhaps the Royal navy was the best career for his son and he joined HMS Imperieuse in 1806. Navy life took him to many places in the world including America and around the Mediterranean, and his vessel was responsible for bringing back to England the despatches from St. Helena announcing Napoleon’s death.
"In 1823, commanding HMS Larne, he headed for the far East to take part in an expedition to Burma in 1824. He returned to England in 1826 but had one last sea adventure around Madeira and the Canary islands before finally resigning his commission in November 1830.
"Marryat then took up writing as a career. Today he perhaps best remembered for the novels, Mr Midshipman Easy (1836) and Children of the new Forest (1847) but he was a prolific novelist and also edited The Metropolitan Magazine. During this time he visited America and Canada, but finally settled at Manor Cottage, Norfolk in 1843 and lived there until his death in 1848.
"He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his invention of a lifeboat and of a new maritime flag signalling system. He was also a member of the Royal Asiatic Society, joining in 1828. On February 16th 1829, Marryat made a large donation to the Society of 'Burmese curiosities'."
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