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 Service5.3.1774WWNH
Date of Death4.3.1774 - Deal 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 Examination ADM 107/3/248RNLPC
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
22.7.17615.3.1774Appointed Lieutenant-governor of Greenwich Hospital ADM 73/36/149ADM 73/36

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