On July 7, 1952, Michael Redgrave began his run as C. S. Forester's popular British naval hero. The radio program ran to July 17, 1953, for a total 52 episodes.
Hornblower's fictional career began (although not in order of publication) as a Royal Navy midshipman during the Napoleonic War, eventually rising to Admiral of the Fleet. His adventures ran through ten complete novels, one unfinished novel, six short stories, and one nonfiction "companion." His stirring adventures have thrill readers and audiences throughout the world. Hornblower has influenced later literary characters such as Bernard Cornwell's Richard Sharpe, Patrick O'Brien's Jack Aubrey, Douglas Reeman's Richard Bolitho, and Dudley Pope's Lord Rampage. In the science fictional world of Star Trek, both James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard were influenced by Hornblower, as were other science fictional characters such as A. Bertram Chandler's John Grimes, Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan, David Feintuch's Nicholas Seafort, and David Weber's Honor Harrington. I'm sure there are many other literary character who owe a tip of the hat to Forester's character.
Your journey through Horatio Hornblower's career should begin with the first episode, at the link below.
It's time to set sail, head to sea, and enjoy.