As we all know the exploits of the French navy during the French Revolutionary & Napoleonic wars are lamentable to say the least, particularly as for most of the conflict the Royal Navy successfully bottled up the French fleet in their ports, leaving many Senior French naval officers in awe of the British Royal Navy. Therefore from what I've read of the exploits of Admiral Zacharie Allemand, is this the closest the French get to a Cochrane of the French navy ? who from all accounts was a bit of a rough diamond and in conflict with many of his superiors during his career in the French navy but nevertheless scored some notable successes against the Royal Navy when given a free rein.
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If there is interest in the French admirals of the period, the recent book, Napoleon's Admirals: Flag Officers of the Arc de Triomphe, 1789-1815 by Richard Humble might be helpful.
Are you referring to British Vice Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane who along with his subordinate Vice Admiral Sir George Cockburn carried out a 'strategy' of terror in the Chesapeake in 1813-1814?
Cockburn was 'an expert and courageous sea captain...an enthusiastic arsonist and souvenir collector' in the Chesapeake. His immediate superior, Cochrane, was 'able, imaginative, arrogant, and exceeding hard-handed.'
Cochrane 'required and directed' his squadrons in the Chesapeake 'to destroy and lay waste such towns and districts...as you may find assailable.'
Before Cochrane arrived in the Chesapeake in 1814, Cockburn had laid waste to the Maryland villages of Frenchtown, Havre de Grace, Fredericktown, Georgetown and others were 'plundered and burned.' American Commodore John Rodgers' home was burned by Cockburn and his 'jolly jacks' when Havre de Grace went up in smoke and flame.
So, is this the Cochrane to whom you refer?