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Promotion path of British Flag Officers at the time of Hornblower.

Admiral refers to part of the name of the flag ranks of the Royal Navy, not to be confused with the Board of Admiralty, which has overall command of the Royal Navy.
At the time of Hornblower, there were nine ranks of Admirals, by seniority,

    1.Admiral of the Fleet (red)
    2.Admiral of the white
    3.Admiral of the blue
    4.Vice admiral of the red
    5.Vice admiral of the white
    6.Vice admiral of the blue
    7.Rear admiral of the red
    8.Rear admiral of the white
    9.Rear admiral of the blue

Promotion up the flag ranks were in accordance with seniority on the Captain's List. Captain's promoted to flag rank that were not given assignments at sea were known as 'yellow admirals', either retired on half-pay or were given posts as port commands, etc. Promotion to flag rank were for life, the only path of promotion was by someone else's death or resignation.

External linksEdit

Admiral (Royal Navy) at Wikipedia.

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