He is one of two principle protagonists of the novel and shares the spotlight with his particular friend and confidant Stephen Maturin.
He is one of two principle protagonists of the novel and shares the spotlight with his particular friend and confidant Jack Aubrey.
He has served under Aubrey as a lieutenant during previous novels in the series. He eventually gained promotion to captain, largely through Aubrey's efforts.
Fielding, Elliott, and Dick Richardson
They are the 1st lieutenant, 2nd lieutenant; and 3rd lieutenant upon Aubrey's request, the previous 3rd lieutenant being the son of a man with whom Aubrey has had a longstanding quarrel.
Awkward Davies, Barret Bonden, and Preserved Killick
The three men indicated are all long-time followers of Aubrey and have served with him in numerous prior commands.
He joins Surprise as the purser in the opening chapter...
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