John Fryer


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth15.8.1752 - Wells next the SeaCSORN
First Known Service10.1.1781CSORN
Last Known Service6.4.1812CSORN
Date of Death26.5.1817 - Wells next the Sea

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
10.1.1781 Master 
20.1.17811782Camel (26), Master 
9.9.1782 Qualified as master of a Fifth Rate 
8.10.17829.1783Syren (32), Master 
6.3.1787 Qualified as master of a Third Rate 
20.8.17871789Bounty (4), MasterW043
7.12.17901793Thunderer (74), Master 
9.1.17931795Inconstant (36), Master 
14.3.1795 Action off Genoa 
26.7.17951796Saint George (98), Master 
17.1.1796 Britannia (100), Master 
1799 Superintending master of the 1st division of ships in ordinary at Portsmouth. 
3.11.18002.1801Royal George (100), Master 
11.2.18017.1801London (90), Master 
2.4.1801 Battle of Copenhagen 
13.7.180112.1801Serapis (14), Master and Commanding Officer 
8.12.1801 Appointed Superintending master of ships in ordinary at Deptford 
19.4.1804 William (18), Master and Commanding Officer 
21.8.18066.4.1812Abundance (24), Master and Commanding Officer 
6.4.1812 Placed on Half-Pay 

Notes on Officer


Letter confirming Sailing Master's competancy

Supplied by Timothy Young of Pitcarin Island



Trinity House, London
10th January 1781
Gentlemen,
Pursuant to yours of the 27th Ultimo We have examined the Bearer Mr John Fryer and find him qualified to take Charge as Master of any of His Majesty's Sloops from the Downs thro' the Channel to the Westward, and Pilot thro' the Needles & into Hamoaze: likewise thro' the Cattegart up to Elsinore.
We are
Your affectionate Friends
Wm. James
D.M. Jos. B. Santy
John Addison
Principal Officers & Commrs
of His Majesty's Navy.

Doctor's note
H.M. Store Ship Abundance
March 31st 1812
Hon'ble Sirs,
Mr Fryer, Commander of this Ship of which I am Asst. Surgeon having desired me to state the nature of his illness & complaints, I have to lay before the Board the exact opinion I have formed and which he says is the near statement of his case-General debility, spasmodic rigidity of almost the whole body, great anxiety of mind, with disturbed imaginations during sleep and with much loss of memory; the whole forming a disease of extreme nervous irratability: No particular pains attached to any particular part, but sight & speech much impaired. Ascribes no cause for the above complaint, but from the anxiety of having the present charge of Ships Provisions & Cargo, which I have the opinion the cause to be entirely attributed to respecting his restlessness & anxiety; the other symptons most probably have arisen from the number of Years he has been in the service.
This Honble Sirs I believe to be the true statement and I have
The Honor to be
Honble Sirs
Your most obedt. servt.
James Fry.



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