Horatio Hornblower is the fictional protagonist of a series of novels by C. S. Forester, and later the subject of films and television programs.
The original Hornblower tales began with the appearance of a junior Royal Navy Captain on independent duty on a secret mission to Central America, though later stories would fill out his earlier years, starting with an unpromising beginning as a seasick midshipman. As the Napoleonic Wars progress, he gains promotion steadily, despite his initial poverty and lack of influential friends, as a result of his skill and daring. Eventually, after surviving many adventures in a wide variety of locales, he rises to the pinnacle of his profession, promoted to Rear Admiral of the Red Squadron, knighted as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, and named the 1st Baron Hornblower.
Michael Stearns had read the Horatio Hornblower novels, but he'd never paid much attention to the technical details. Englishman Robert Weasenham enjoyed reading the Hornblower series while staying in Grantville in October 1633.