Ian M. Bates

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Freelance writer with a paralegal background.

Author of Champion of the Quarterdeck: Admiral Sir Erasmus Gower 1742-1814 (2017) and Tardrew: A History of the Tardrew Family Around the World (1997) .

Currently writing a 'biography' of an eighteenth century British warship.
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Partial extracts from a review of Champion of the Quarterdeck.


Bates has based his book on a thorough and prodigious examination of the primary documents. His sources were nearly as global as Gower’s career.”

As an introduction to the life of a long service officer in the Royal Navy this book has great merit. It is especially useful for those lacking background in naval history due to the app

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Eminent naval historian Professor John B Hattendorf reviewed this book favourably for the US Navy War College Review in 2019.
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“We only reach true wisdom when we accept that we have almost certainly forgotten more than we currently remember.”
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Aussie Readers: Champion of the Quarterdeck: Admiral Sir Erasmus Gower (1742-1814) 2 6 Nov 01, 2017 05:41PM  
“...the history of man is but a history of difficulties overcome – of mysteries made plain...and that Progress, incessant and continued, is the great law of the human race'
Dr Henry George Charles Clarke, 1847.
Quoted in Champion of the Quarterdeck (2017)”
Dr Henry George Charles Clarke

“[Admiral Sir Erasmus Gower] 'No other contemporary officer approached his accumulated experience...'
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