“Not all midshipmen were young. Some continually failed in their examination for lieutenant, or were passed over for an actual commission, but nevertheless served on one ship after another. Billy Culmer was a noted character in the navy, proud to be called the ‘oldest midshipman in the fleet’. He had first entered in 1755, and was not promoted to lieutenant until 1790, at the age of fifty-seven.” —
Nelson’s Navy, Brian Lavery
Oh my God.
Cheer up, Mr. Hollom! Turns out you’re not The Most Hopeless Middie Ever, after all!