Posted by Mike Field on January 19, 2019 at 17:59:48 user mikefield.
In Reply to: Why did the Admiralty summon Cdr Walker to London? posted by Robin Selby on January 19, 2019 at 07:21:02:
Answers to your first points aside, I don't think you can rely on 'Missee Lee' for Ted Walker's naval rank. It is acknowledged that this book is metafiction, so that nothing that 'happened' in this story necessarily actually 'happened' to the real fictional characters or their situations at all (if you follow...)
But more to the point, the master of a vessel is often referred to as her captain, whatever his actual rank. So the master of the Ganges for the time being, even if only a substantive Commander, could certainly have been referred to as the Captain. I seem to remember that Peggy refers to Ted as "Captain Walker" in 'Secret Water', while he was actually only a Commander. I should think non-naval people like Miss Lee and Peggy could quite readily get Ted Walker's naval rank incorrect.
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