The Seamen of the Guard
Royal United Services Institution Journal
BY Licrcteizniit ae Trat'ssenn MILE BEXTRA AD. 1803-1815, Translated by permission from the " R C~I I C Aiaritime e t Coloniale," by Captain H. GAKIIETT, R.N. (Retircd). 6' They have been none the less good scamen, because they have shown t h e m d v c s the best of soldiers. \\'hen required, we have found them seamen, soldiers, artillerymen, engineers, everything !"---NAPo~Eox I. -THE history .of the Seamen of the Guard has, .never .yet been written, and yet it must have offered many
... s for the historian, for this phalanx of heroes, less in number than the Old, Guard, covcrcd itself with glory in all the campaigns of thc Empire, and. their brilliant Napoleon, who has been accused by many writcrs of ;despising the navy, held, on the contrary, sailors in high esteem, and -,especially this Corps of Scamen of the Guard, of which he was the founder. We find in the hIEmoria1 de Sainte-HCl≠," by .Las-Cases, the ,following opinion of the Emperor -o n this corps GPZifc, with the reason..for its creation :-' I I n Russja.the fleet is. only a part of the army, and thus she has the inestimable advantage of possessing a force which is equally aVailablc for service either afloat or ashore.