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Henry Stewart


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service24.9.1731CSORN
Last Known Service29.12.1744CSORN
Date of Death7.11.1746CSORN

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
24.9.1731 LieutenantCSORN
24.9.173218.1.1732/33
Shark (8) 1732-1755
British 8 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Lieutenant ADM 6/14/118
ADM 6/14
31.1.1733/3429.3.1734
Orford (70) 1713-1745
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms ADM 6/14/162
ADM 6/14
30.3.173421.7.1736
Orford (70) 1713-1745
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Third Lieutenant ADM 6/15/180
ADM 6/14
16.7.173920.4.1740
Pearl (40) 1726-1744
British 40 Gun
5th Rate Ship of the Line
, Second Lieutenant ADM 6/15/204
ADM 6/15
21.4.174024.7.1740
Pearl (40) 1726-1744
British 40 Gun
5th Rate Ship of the Line
, First Lieutenant ADM 6/15/279
ADM 6/15
25.7.174010.5.1742
Severn (50) 1739-1746
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, First Lieutenant ADM 6/16/315
ADM 6/15
10.5.174224.10.1742
Lively (20) 1740-1750
British 20 Gun
6th Rate Ship
, Commander and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1714
24.10.174214.4.1743
Pembroke Prize (8) 1740-1744
British 8 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1714
24.2.1742/43 CommanderADM 6/16
24.2.1742/4315.4.1743
Otter (14) 1742-1763
British 14 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/209
Confirmed 16.8.1743
ADM 6/16
15.4.174324.4.1743Attack on Porto Cabello 
16.4.1743 CaptainCSORN
16.4.174330.9.1743
Norwich (50) 1718-1771
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
1744 Renamed "Enterprise"
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/209
Confirmed 16.8.1743
ADM 6/16
5.4.174410.5.1744
Suffolk (70) 1739-1765
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/286
BWAS-1714
11.5.174428.12.1744
Success (20) 1740-1779
British 20 Gun
6th Rate Ship
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/307
ADM 6/16


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Posted by Albert Parker on Saturday 11th of September 2021 19:10

Stewart is described as the commanding officer of /Lively/, 20, in the action with /Eltham/, 40, against a 4-ship convoy of the Spanish Compañía Real Guipuzcoana de Caracas, or "Carraca Company," off St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, on APRIL 1/12, 1742. A letter from St. Kitts published in /The Gentleman's Magazine/, vol. 12 (June 1742), p. 330, describes him as "Capt. Stewart". The /GM/ item is probably the source for a similar attribution by Robert Beatson, /Naval and Military Memoirs of Great Britain/, vol. I, p. 148, but William Laird Clowes, /The Royal Navy, A History/, vol. III, p. 272 calls him "Commander Henry Stewart." John Charnock, /Biographia Navalis?, vol. V, p. 260, in his item on Henry Stewart, quotes a footnote from Tobias Smollet's /History of England from the Revolution to the Death of Geroge II/, vol. III (1785 ed.), p. 87, referring to "captain Stewart." These could all be using "captain" as the usual courtesy title for the commanding officer of any ship at sea. He is not mentioned as CO of /Lively/ by Winfield. However, the senior officer in the incident with the Caracca company conavoy, Captain Edward Smith of /Eltham/ recorded in his journal (TNA, ADM 51/309) for April 2, 1742, "I sent for Captain Stewart & at the same time my own officers ... to consult about attacking the Enemy again," so there does not seem to be any question that someone with the surname "Stewart" was CO of /Lively/ on that date. (My researcher in London could not find a captain's journal for /Lively/ at that timee.)

/Lively/, a sixth rate, was entitled to a captain as CO, and a confirmed appointment to that position entitled the appointee to the rank of captain, but Stewart does not seem to have been accorded that privilege. Note that the action off St. Thomas occurred some six weeks before the appointment as a "commander" on /Lively/. Since /Lively/ and /Eltham/ were ships of the Leeward Islands on a cruise from there, Stewart must have been transferred to her from /Severn/ some time in March 1742 at the latest.

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