1792 – Born on July 10th in London, England. A naval officer and the first important English novelist after Tobias Smollett to make full and amusing use of his varied experience at sea.
1806 – Marryat entered the Royal Navy at the age of 14 and served with distinction in many parts of the world.
1819 – Married to Catherine on January 21st.
– Made a Fellow of The Royal Society (FRS), proposed by Babbage.
1825 – Post Captain, Royal Navy on July 25th.
1826 – Made a Companion of The Order of the Bath.
1830 – Resigned his commission and commenced a series of novels; “Frank Mildmay,” the first, proving a success, he resolved to devote the rest of his life to literature.
1847 – He then began a series of adventure novels—including The King’s Own, Peter Simple, and Poor Jack—marked by a lucid, direct narrative style, humour, and incidents drawn from his varied experience at sea. His Children of the New Forest, set during the English Civil Wars, is a classic of children’s literature.
1848 – Died on August 9th in Langham, Norfolk, England.