- " Cargill was a man of thirty, red-faced and corpulent in advance of his years..."
- ―C.S. Forester
Alexander Cargill was a Master's Mate on HMS Hotspur. After getting underway from Spithead, Cargill attempted to tack Hotspur unsuccessfully because Hotspur was a bit down by the head. After moving two guns aft, and the Hotspur was more correctly level, Cargill was successful in laying her on the other tack.