- Admiral Sir Erasmus Gower is little known today, having never been one to blow his own trumpet. From humble beginnings as a captain’s servant in 1755 he rose on his own merit, over more than 50 years, to the top his profession. Living by old-fashioned values of loyalty and service, Gower’s humanity and concern for others gained him the approbation and loyalty of his officers, crews and peers. Although recognised by his contemporaries as a leading navigator, he has been overlooked by historians until now. While many Royal Navy Officers achieved fame for their leadership, acts of bravery or great discoveries, Gower accomplished a diversified and esteemed career that no other officer in the Georgian Navy could claim to equal.