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William Boys


NationalityBritish 
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
DaughterJaneODNB
Son
Pearson BoysBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1752-1765
ODNB
Son-in-Law
Henry HarveyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1751-1805
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) 1714-1736
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1715 Renamed "Prince Frederick"
, Midshipman,
ODNB
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 LieutenantCSORN
8.6.1741 CommanderCSORN
8.6.174117.12.1742
Aetna (8) 1739-1746
British 8 Gun
Unrated Fireship
, Commander, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/470
BWAS-1714
18.12.174224.6.1743
Baltimore (14) 1742-1762
British 14 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/125
ADM 6/16
25.6.1743 CaptainCSORN
25.6.174314.10.1744
Greyhound (20) 1741-1768
British 20 Gun
6th Rate Ship
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/194
BWAS-1603
11.12.174427.1.1744/45
Torrington (44) 1743-1763
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/401
ADM 6/16
28.1.1744/4513.3.1745/46
Princess Louisa (60) 1744-1766
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/431
BWAS-1714
14.3.1745/461.9.1749
Pearl (44) 1744-1759
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/72
BWAS-1714
16.10.175522.5.1759
Royal Sovereign (104) 1729-1768
British 104 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/202
BWAS-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
22.5.17594.7.1761
Preston (50) 1757-1815
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Commodore, ADM 6/19/67
BWAS-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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