Nelson’s Yankee Captain

The Life of Boston Loyalist Sir Benjamin Hallowell

by Bryan Elson

The remarkable naval career of American Sir Benjamin Hallowell, who was one of Nelson's "Band of Brothers".

Sir Benjamin Hallowell, one of Admiral Horatio Nelson's famous "Band of Brothers," served a lifetime in the navy of Great Britain through the American and French Revolutions between 1775 and 1815. His dramafilled life was profoundly shaped by the currents of history, with strong connections with Canada and the United States through his Boston-bred, staunchly Loyalist family.

Bryan Elson's thoroughly researched biography illuminates Hallowell's career and his personal life during these history-shaping events. Through Hallowell's eyes, readers will witness key events in British imperial history during this dramatic period when Britain was able to gain scendancy over its arch-rival France to "rule the waves."

About the Author

BRYAN ELSON is a former officer of the Royal Canadian Navy, and the current director of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He lives in Halifax. This is his first book.


"Elson has done an excellent job in bringing Hallowell's story to a wider audience, a story that might never have been told without his dedicated efforts. Meticulously researched and well written, Nelson's Yankee Captain is an informative, intelligent and entertaining biography."

John Boileau, The Chronicle Herald
"Bryan Elson's work is a learned, vivid and thoroughly readable picture of the inspiring Nelson era; altogether a most enjoyable good naval yarn!"
Claude G. Charron, Navy News

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