Masters and commanders: Famous captains of the high seas
History's most celebrated naval seafarers
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Military history records some of the greatest battles as being fought at sea, engagements such as the Battle of Aegospotami and the Battle of Trafalgar. Commanding these forces were men who became some of the most famous and respected mariners of their generation. Equally celebrated were the intrepid navigators of the Middle Ages. And despite their infamy, the pirates and buccaneers who plied the high seas in search of plunder can also be regarded as among the most skilled ever to take a ship's helm. So, who are these distinguished ocean-going masters and commanders, and what are they known for?
Click through and embark on a voyage to meet the most illustrious of naval seafarers.
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