By the Year of God 892, he was the senior professional admiral of the Dohlaran naval forces and served as second-in-command to Admiral Duke Malikai in the Southern Force. Even though Earl Thirsk was the far more capable officer, he was overruled by Malikai on several occasions.
When Lord Malikai was killed in the Battle of Rock Point, Thirsk took over command of the Southern Force and led his surviving ships into hiding at Crag Reach. However, thanks to the "visions" of Merlin Athrawes, the Royal Charisian Navy quickly found them and defeated them completely in the Battle of Crag Reach. Earl Thirsk was taken to Crown Prince Cayleb aboard HMS Dreadnought, where he formally surrendered his sword to the prince, who informed him that his fleet would be burned and that he and his crew would be left behind on the island with only basic provisions and one unarmed ship to return to Dohlar. (OAR)
He was also a widower of several years, and all three of his daughters had husbands and children of their own. (BSRA)
Earl Thirsk was one the most competent admirals in the naval forces that stood against Charis. Despite internal opposition, he trained his crews before sending them to sea to face the Imperial Charisian Navy galleons. His naval reforms drew a lot of criticism from other, more conservative officers; they disliked the fact that he promoted commoners over noblemen, and forced men of "better birth" to learn the ways of the sea from "lowly" merchant seamen. (AMF)
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- Second in Command, Southern Force
- acting Commanding Officer, Southern Force