Arthur Phillip

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth11.10.1738 - Fulham, London, Fulham TRN3
First Known Service7.6.1761TRN3
Last Known Service4.6.1814TRN3
Date of Death31.8.1814 - BathTRN3

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
7.6.1761 Lieutenant ADM 6/19/473CSORN
1763 Placed on Half-PayEWIKI
1775 Appointed a Post Captain in the Portugese Navy at Rio JanieroSNForum
1778 Returned to service in the Royal NavySNForum
2.9.1779 Commander ADM 6/22/23CSORN
2.9.177924.7.1781Basilisk (8), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/23ADM 6/22
30.11.1781 Captain ADM 6/22/375CSORN
30.11.178123.12.1782Ariadne (20), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/375BWAS-1714
23.12.178215.5.1784Europe (64), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/559BWAS-1714
1784 Placed on Half-PayEWIKI
15.12.178615.3.1790Sirius (10), as Flag Officer, CommodoreBWAS-1714
1788 Appointed as the first civil Governor of New South WalesSNForum
16.3.17966.10.1796Alexander (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
20.10.179627.9.1797Swiftsure (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
28.9.17978.2.1798Blenheim (98), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
17981799Appointed to command the Sea Fencibles at Hampshireref:559
1.1.1801 Rear-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
23.4.1804 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
9.11.1805 Rear-Admiral of the RedCSORN
25.10.1809 Vice-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
31.7.1810 Vice-Admiral of the RedCSORN
4.6.1814 Admiral of the BlueCSORN


TRN3The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol IIIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
SNForumSailing Navies (Forum) Web Site
ADM 6/22ADM 6/22 Commission and Warrant Book 1779 July-1782 Archive
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ref:559Australlian RoyaltyMarion PurnellWeb Site

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Posted by tony willoughby on Friday 18th of August 2017 15:26

he started out as an apprentice whaler man - he joined the navy as an ordinary seaman on the Buckingham - transferred to the Stirling Castle and was at Havanna and promoted to lieutenant - became first civil governor of New South Wales - I hope that that is all correct

Posted by Cy on Friday 14th of July 2017 10:01

I did a little research and apparently he was also active in the Sea Fencibles from 1803 to 1805 when he retired. Just need to find the details to add to his history.

Posted by Tony Willoughby on Friday 14th of July 2017 08:23

many thanks

Posted by Cy on Thursday 13th of July 2017 13:21

Once an officer had achieved post rank, promotions were automatically achieved by seniority. Actually being given something to do however was a question of ability (mostly).

To answer your question, he simply lived a long time.

Posted by Tony Willoughby on Thursday 13th of July 2017 11:00

What did he do to deserve his promotions? Did he ever see action?

Posted by Tony Willoughby on Wednesday 12th of July 2017 07:46

Am trying to find out if Arthur Phillip ever went into battle between 1793 and 1815

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