William Boys

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth25.6.1700 - DealWWNH
First Known Service1717WWNH
FatherWilliam Boys (d. 1756?)ODNB
MotherJane Laurence (d.c.1756)ODNB
WifeElizabeth PearsonODNB
SonWilliam (1735–1803)ODNB
SonPearson Boys (c.1739-1793)ODNB
Son-in-Law Henry Harvey (1737-1810)ODNB
DaughterElizabeth Harvey (1740 - 1823)ODNB
Last Known Service4.7.1761WWNH
Date of Death4.3.1774 - Deal - Kent CSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
1717 Prince Frederick (70), MidshipmanODNB
25.6.1727 Homeward-bound from the West Indies, the ship was lost by fire in mid-Atlantic. Boys and twenty-two others escaped in a sixteen-foot open boat without food or water. After thirteen days six of them had survived to reach Newfoundland by living on the bodies of their dead shipmates.ODNB
8.5.1734 Passed the Lieutenant's ExaminationRNLPC
5.5.1735 Lieutenant ADM 6/14/211CSORN
8.6.1741 Commander ADM 6/15/470CSORN
8.6.174117.12.1742Aetna (8), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/470BWAS-1714
18.12.174224.6.1743Baltimore (14), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/125ADM 6/16
25.6.1743 Captain ADM 6/16/194CSORN
25.6.174314.10.1744Greyhound (20), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/194BWAS-1603
11.12.174427.1.1744/45Torrington (44), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/401ADM 6/16
28.1.1744/4513.3.1745/46Princess Louisa (60), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/431BWAS-1714
14.3.1745/461.9.1749Pearl (44), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/72BWAS-1714
16.10.175522.5.1759Royal Sovereign (104), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/202BWAS-1714
16.3.1759 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Thames, Medway and The Nore ADM 6/19/47ADM 6/19
22.5.1759 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — The Downs ADM 6/19/67ADM 6/19
22.5.17594.7.1761Preston (50), as Flag Officer, Commodore ADM 6/19/67BWAS-1714
16.6.1760 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Thames, Medway and The Nore ADM 6/19/174ADM 6/19
4.7.17614.3.1774Appointed Lieutenant-governor of Greenwich HospitalODNB


WWNHWho's who in naval historyAlastair Wilson, Joseph F. CalloBook
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/16ADM 6/16 Commission and Warrent Book 1742 Jan 4 - 1745 Sept 18 Archive
BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/19ADM 6/19 Commission and Warrant Book 1758 Nov.-1763 Archive

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