Samuel Granston Goodall

NationalityBritish 
RolesSailor 
First Known Service1750 
Date of Death1801/04/21CSORN
Place of DeathTeignmouth CSORN

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
1750 Entered the NavyODNB
Lieutenant, 1756/09/01CSORN
Commander, 1760/06/02CSORN
1760/06/021762/01/28Hazard As Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
Captain, 1762/01/13CSORN
1762/01/131764/06Mercury As Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
1762/06/061762/08/13Operations against HavannaBWAS-1714
1769/021771/06Winchelsea As Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
1778/021779Defiance As Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
1778/07/27 1st Battle of UshantBWAS-1714
17791783/05Valiant As Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
1779/12/31 Affair of Fielding and BylandtBWAS-1714
1781/12/12 2nd Battle of UshantBWAS-1714
1781/12/12 Action of 1781-12-12BWAS-1714
1782/04/12 Battle of the SaintesBWAS-1714
1782/04/19 Battle of the Mona PassageBWAS-1714
1790/051790/06Gibraltar As Commanding OfficerTNC
Rear-Admiral of the Blue, 1790/09/21CSORN
1792/031793/03Romney As Flag OfficerBWAS-1714
1793/011794/04/12Princess Royal As Flag OfficerBWAS-1714
Rear-Admiral of the Red, 1793/02/01CSORN
1794/04/121795Princess Royal As Flag OfficerBWAS-1714
Vice-Admiral of the White, 1794/07/04CSORN
1795 Asked permission to strike his flag, which was granted and went into retirement, never serving againODNB
1795/03/14 Action off GenoaODNB
Vice-Admiral of the Red, 1795/06/01CSORN
1795/07/13 Battle of HyeresCSORN
Admiral of the Blue, 1799/02/14CSORN
Admiral of the White, 1801/01/01CSORN

Notes on Officer


ObituaryTNC
At Teignmouth, Devonshire, universally respected, Samuel Cranston Goodall, Esq. Admiral of the White. He entered into the Navy at an early age, and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on the ist of September 1756. He was from thence advanced to the station of Commander on the ad of June 1760, and to that of Post Captain on the 3d of January 1762, he being then appointed to the Mercury of twenty guns. The early part of this gentleman's employment as a Captain appears totally unmarked with any memorable occurrence, for no subsequent mention is made, in any degree material, concerning him, till the commencement of hostilities with France in 1778, when he was appointed to the Defiance, of 64, and from thence, after a service of a few months, was promoted to the Valiant, of 74 guns, in which ship he continued to be employed in the Home or Channel service, till the end of the year 1781, when he was ordered to the West Indies with Lord Rodney. He there distinguished himself as well in the memorable action with the French fleet under the Comte De Grasse as subsequent to it. The Valiant was one of the squadron detached after the encounter under the orders of Sir Samuel Hood, now Lord Viscount Hood, for the purpose of picking up any straggling ships that might be endeavouring to make their escape after the late discomfiture. On the I9th of April, five sail were discovered, which afterwards proved to be the Caton and Jason, of 64 guns and 600 men each, fresh ships, which are said not to have been in the preceding actions, with two frigates and a corvette. A general chase of course immediately commenced; the Valiant being the headmost ship, and Captain Goodall impelled, as well by the eager desire of distinguishing himself, us of destroying the enemies of his country, crossed the shoals of Cape Roxo. at a very great risk of grounding: nay, it is even asserted that the ship's keel actually ploughed the soft sand, but was, by a great press of sail, forced over the shoals in safety. Captain Goodall came up with the enemy about three o'clock in the afternoon. 'l"he rest of the squadron, the Magnificent, and one or two other ships excepted, being either becalmed, or occupied in chasing the other vessels, the Valiant closed, first with the Caton *, which ship: after a short action, having fallen off with her bows towards the Valiant, was raked with good success, and immediately struck. The Jason endeavoured to escape, but being pursued by Captain Goodall, was, after a warm contest, which continued three quarters of an hour, compelled to surrender, as well as her companion. The Valiant had, on this occasion, only twelve men killed and wounded, the Gazette states only two killed and six wounded; but what considerably enhances the merit of this action is, that, in consequence of her losses in the course of the preceding engagements, the Valiant had no more than five hundred and sixty-five men on board fit for duty, while the crew of the Jason alone amounted to upwards of six hundred men, and that of the Caton to nearly as many. After this encounter, Captain Goodall served during the remainder of the war on the same station, under Mr. Pigot. He was appointed to the Princess Royal in the month of June 1790; but soon resigned that command, being, on the 29th of September following, advanced to the rank of Rear-Admiral of the Blue. He was raised to the same station in the Red Squadron on the 3d of February 1793; and having hoisted his flag on board the Princess Royal, repaired to the Mediterranean, as Commander of a division of the fleet sent thither under the orders of Lord Hood. On the surrender of Toulon, his Lordship appointed Mr. Goodall temporary Governor of the town till the arrival of Sir G. Elliot. This trust he executed with the greatest integrity and ability. He afterwards continued to serve on the same station, and was concerned in all the different encounters which took place till the end of the year 1795, when he struck his flag on account of the ill state of his health; a circumstance which, in all probability, prevented his accepting of any subsequent command. On the 17th of April 1794, he was raised to the rank of Vice- Admiral of the Blue. On the 4th of July following to be Vice of the White. Admiral of the Blue on the 14th of February 1799; and, lastly, Admiral of the White on the 1st of January 1801.

Sources

IDDescriptionAuthorType
CSORN Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner SmithWeb Site
ODNB Oxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
BWAS-1714 British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
TNC The Naval ChronicalVariousBook
Previous comments on this page

Posted by Cara on Monday 31st of October 2016 16:36

I recently found Samuel Granston Goodalls name by accident, and I love in the village that he is buried. I'm trying to locate his actual grave. I have read a lot on him and wondered if there were any pictures or portraits of Jim, and would love to know what he looked like. Wondered if anything had any more information please. Thank you
Cara


Posted by Russell Barnes on Saturday 14th of July 2012 02:48

I am researching the frigate Winchelsea that Goodall commanded from 1769-1771. I have found a bit of official correspondence regarding his time in the Winchelsea, but I would like to find some personal papers for him that might help in my research. Can anyone direct me to an archive or collection? Thanks.


Posted by Dr Steve Goodall on Friday 13th of April 2012 08:23

I have researched this officer, an ancestor and unearthed a lot of info in private letters, NMM etcabout him if it is of interest - such as he did marry and one of his sons was Thomas goodall, self styled Admiral of Haiti and privateer.


Posted by Dr Steve Goodall on Friday 13th of April 2012 08:21

I have researched this officer, an ancestor and unearthed a lot of info in private letters, NMM etcabout him if it is of interest - such as he did marry and one of his sons was Thomas goodall, self styled Admiral of Haiti and privateer.


Posted by cy on Wednesday 7th of March 2012 09:39

Thanks Ben.
Corrections have been made


Posted by cy on Wednesday 7th of March 2012 09:38

Thanks Ben.
Corrections have been made


Posted by Ben on Tuesday 6th of March 2012 17:02

An excellent website by the way, but Goodall never commanded the Vigilant, Winfield appears to mistake her for the Valiant in his book. Goodall commanded Valiant off North America until the end of the war. Consequently it was not the Valiant at Cape Spartel (where both ships are shown as present, both commanded by Goodall) but the Vigilant, which was commanded by John Douglas. Similarly the Vigilant was not at the Saints or Mona Passage, that was the Valiant, as is correctly shown on your pages for those battles and that ship.

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