3 December: born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski,|
of Polish parents in the Ukraine.
His father, poet and translator, Apollo Korzeniowski,|
arrested for patriotic conspiracy.
|1862|| Conrad's parents exiled to Vologda, Russia; their son,|
|1865||Death of his mother.|
Death of Apollo Korzeniowski in Kraków; Conrad|
becomes the ward of his uncle, Tadeusz Bobrowski.
Leaves Poland for Marseille to become a trainee|
seaman with the French merchant navy.
As a 'steward' on the Saint-Antoine, becomes ac-|
quainted with Dominic Cervoni (who appears in The
Mirror of the Sea, A Personal Record and The Arrow of
Gold, and who is a source for Nostromo and for Peyrol
in The Rover).
Possibly involved in smuggling arms from Marseille to|
the 'Carlists' (Spanish royalists).
March: shoots himself in the chest but is not seriously|
injured; as a direct result of this suicide attempt his
uncle clears his debts. April: joins his first British ship,
the Mavis, and later in the year joins the Skimmer of
August: becomes a British citizen. (Formerly, as a|
Russian citizen and the son of a convict, Conrad was
liable for Russian military service.) November: passes
the examination for a Master's certificate.