See also:admiral and
See also:governor of Malta, came of a
See also:family . He entered the
See also:navy, and in 1778 was promoted
See also:lieutenant . Three years later began a close association with Rodney, and, two days after his chief's crowning victory of
See also:April 12, 1782,
See also:Ball was promoted
See also:commander, and in 1783 he became captain . At this
See also:time he spent a
See also:year in France with the
See also:double purpose of learning the language and living economically . Nelson, then a captain, was at this time by no means favourably impressed by his future friend and comrade, and spoke of him as a
See also:great coxcomb." It was not until 1790 that Ball received a command . From that year, however, he was continuously employed . In 1798, assistance rendered by him to Nelson's
See also:ship in heavy
See also:weather caused the latter to forget his former animosity, and from that time the two were close friends . Under Nelson's command Ball took
See also:part in the
See also:battle of the Nile, and his ship, the "
See also:Alexander," was the particular opponent of Brueys'
See also:flagship, " L'Orient;" which blew up . Two months later he was ordered to the blockade of Malta, which was kept up without a break for the next two years . Ball committed the blockade to his first lieutenant, and himself led the
See also:marines and
See also:local militia, which made the
See also:siege on the
See also:land side . His care for his men laid the
See also:foundations of his popularity with the Maltese which continued till his
See also:death .
After the fall of Malta, Ball_ practically retired from the service, in spite of Nelson's urgent entreaty that he should continue afloat, and from i8oi (when he was made a
See also:baronet) to 1809 he was governor of Malta, where he endeared himself to the
See also:people by his regard for their interests, and his opposition to the policy of treating the
See also:island as a conquered dependency . His friendship with
See also:Lord Nelson, whose letters prove his high regard for him, was only broken by death . Ball died on the 20th of
See also:October 1809 and was buried in Malta .
See also:Sir Alexander Ball was kind to
See also:Coleridge and is highly praised by him in The Friend, " The Third Landing Place." There are numerous mentions of Ball in Nelson's Despatches, in Sir H . Nicolas' edition .
JOHN BALL (d. 1381)
THOMAS BALL (1819- )
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