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George Bowen


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service1770CSORN
WifeMary Hewson (1765-1842) - Married 26.5.1780 - Ludlow, Shropshire ref:676
DaughterHester Lee (1794-1879)ref:719
DaughterElizabeth Essex [Honeyman] (1797-1864)ref:719
SonGeorge (1801-1861)ref:719
Last Known Service4.6.1814CSORN
Date of Death1.7.1823 - Shrewsbury, Shropshire ref:676
Will Probated20.8.1823, PROB 11/1674/270

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
1770 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/6/208, ADM 6/87/275RNLPC
13.3.1773 LieutenantCSORN
19.11.1779 CommanderCSORN
19.11.177910.9.1780
Blast (8) 1776-1783
British 8 Gun
Unrated Sloop
1779 Renamed "Blast"
, Commander, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/51
BWAS-1714
10.9.178014.2.1781
Renard (18) 1780-1784
British 18 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/33
Issued by
Lord George Brydges Rodney (1st Baron Rodney)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1782
, Barbados
Confirmed 13.3.1783
ADM 6/23
14.2.1781 CaptainCSORN
14.2.178131.7.1781
Saint Eustatius (20) 1781-1783
British 20 Gun
6th Rate Ship
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/356
Issued by
Lord George Brydges Rodney (1st Baron Rodney)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1782
, Barbados
Confirmed 24.2.1781
BWAS-1714
21.7.178120.11.1782
Montagu (74) 1779-1818
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/13
Issued by
Lord George Brydges Rodney (1st Baron Rodney)British
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1782
, Barbados
Confirmed 21.1.1783
BWAS-1714
5.9.1781 Battle of the Chesapeake 
25.1.178226.1.1782Battle of Saint Kitts 
12.4.1782 Battle of the Saintes 
19.4.1782 Battle of the Mona Passage 
2.5.17837.1783
Flora (36) 1780-1808
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/61
BWAS-1714
18.4.179325.11.1793
Belliqueux (64) 1780-1816
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/231
BWAS-1714
3.7.17948.1794
Veteran (64) 1787-1816
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1714
12.17983.1799
Captain (74) 1787-1813
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1714
14.2.1799 Rear-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
1.1.1801 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
23.4.1804 Rear-Admiral of the RedCSORN
28.4.1808 Vice-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
25.10.1809 Vice-Admiral of the RedCSORN
9.11.1809 Vice-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
31.7.1810 Admiral of the BlueCSORN
4.6.1814 Admiral of the WhiteCSORN

Notes on Officer


BiographyRNB1823

This officer is of a respectable Welsh family. He attained the rank of Post-Captain, Feb. 14, 1781, and commanded the Montagu, of 74 guns, in the partial action between Rear-Admiral Graves and the Count de Grasse, off the Chesapeake, Sept. 5, in the same year.

The Montagu afterwards accompanied the squadron under Sir Samuel Hood to the West Indies, and Captain Bowen was present at all that officer’s brilliant achievements on the Leeward Island station, an account of which will be found under the head of Retired Captain John N. Inglefield. He also shared the glories of the memorable 12th April, 1782, when the British fleet under Rodney, defeated that of France commanded by de Grasse, who it will be remembered was taken prisoner on the occasion. The loss sustained by the Montagu in this battle, amounted to 12 killed and 31 wounded.

A long interval of peace succeeded the above glorious event, and Captain Bowen remained unemployed until the commencement of the war with the French republic, in 1793, at which period he was appointed to the Belliqueux, of 64 guns, and afterwards removed into the Veteran, of the same force.

In the Autumn of 1795, he obtained the command of the Canada, of 74 guns; and early in the following year proceeded to the West Indies, under the orders of Sir Hugh C. Christian, with whom he served at the reduction of St. Lucia; after the capture of which island the Canada was sent to Jamaica, the station where Captain Bowen continued to command her until 1797, when he removed into the Carnatic, another ship of the same rate. He was advanced to the rank of Rear-Admiral, Feb. 14, 1799; Vice-Admiral, Nov. 9, 1805; and Admiral, July, 31, 1810. During part of the late war, he commanded the Sea Fencibles in Ireland; but we believe, never served afloat as a Flag-Officer.

Admiral Bowen’s youngest daughter was married in 1818, to Captain Honyman of the Grenadier Guards, second son of Sir William Honyman.




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Posted by Luke Wensing on Friday 17th of June 2022 07:12

Was he the Master of the old HMS Albermarle ( now a convict transporter same name) out of Uk on 27 March 1791? His brother Richard was Master of QUEEN on same Third Fleet to Sydney Australia?

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