Jack Aubrey - He is one of two principle protagonists of the novel and shares the spotlight with his particular friend and confidant Stephen Maturin.
Stephen Maturin - He is one of two principle protagonists of the novel and shares the spotlight with his particular friend and confidant Jack Aubrey.
Tom Pullings - 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.
Mr. Standish - He joins Surprise...
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