Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth5.4.1769 - Martin's Town, near DorchesterCSORN
First Known Service1781CSORN
FatherJoseph Hardy
Father-in-LawSir George Cranfield Berkeley (1753-1818)ref:676
Wife Anne Louisa Emily Berkeleyref:676
Last Known Service10.1.1837CSORN
Date of Death20.9.1839 - Royal Naval Hospital, Greenwich

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
17814.1782Helena (14), MidshipmanODNB
2.17901791Hebe (38), MidshipmanODNB
17915.1793Tisiphone (8), MidshipmanODNB
5.179310.11.1793Amphitrite (24), MidshipmanODNB
10.11.1793 LieutenantCSORN
10.11.17938.1796Meleager (32), LieutenantODNB
14.3.1795 Action off Genoa 
13.7.1795 Battle of Hyeres 
31.5.1796 Action of 1796-05-31 
8.179620.12.1796Minerve (38), Second LieutenantBWAS-1793
19.12.1796 Minerve vs Sabina 
29.5.17971798Mutine (18), Commander and Commanding OfficerODNB
10.7.1797 CommanderCSORN
10.7.17971798Squirrel (24), Commander and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
1.8.1798 Battle of the Nile 
4.8.17982.10.1798Vanguard (74), Commander and Commanding OfficerODNB
2.10.1798 CaptainCSORN
2.10.17986.1799Vanguard (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
6.179910.1799Foudroyant (80), Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
10.17991800Princess Charlotte (36), Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
28.12.180010.2.1801San Josef (114), Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
3.18018.1801Saint George (98), Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
2.4.1801 Battle of Copenhagen 
1802 Isis (50), Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
1.10.180230.7.1803Amphion (32), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
31.7.180313.1.1806Victory (100), Captain and Commanding OfficerW009
21.10.1805 Battle of Trafalgar 
4.18067.1806Sampson (64), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
5.18061809Triumph (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
5.18098.1812Barfleur (98), Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
8.18121814Ramillies (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
14.12.1814 Battle of Lake Borgne 
2.1.1815 Appointed Knight Commander of the Knight Commander of the Order of the BathTKE1
181612.8.1819Princess Augusta, Captain and Commanding OfficerODNB
18189.1818Spencer (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
11.1818 Superb (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
12.8.1819 Commodore 
12.8.18191824Superb (74), as Flag Officer, CommodoreODNB
27.5.1825 Rear-Admiral of the BlueNL1834
12.18261827Wellesley (74), as Flag Officer, Rear-AdmiralODNB
1827 Sybille (38), as Flag Officer, Rear-AdmiralODNB
182721.10.1827Pyramus (36), as Flag Officer, Rear-AdmiralODNB
13.9.1831 Appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the BathTKE1
10.1.1837 Vice-Admiral 

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Posted by Brian Stephens on Sunday 20th of April 2014 23:00

The United Service Magazine, p.383 Published 1839.
Vice-admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, Bart, G.C.B.
The esteemed friend—the confidential companion—the receiver of the dying embrace and expiring words of the immortal Nelson,—such, as is well known, was the subject of our present memoir; but although the posthumous fame of Sir Thomas Hardy might securely rest on these associations, and to his own modest and unassuming spirit would form, perhaps, the proudest epitaph upon his tomb, it is to his own individual merits and eminent services that we purpose to devote the following pages.
Of his entrance into, and progress through, the junior grades of the profession, little that can be relied upon has hitherto reached the public, —his decided objection to being made " the subject of a book," precluding the opportunity of obtaining such information of a sufficiently authentic character. It is the more gratifying to us, therefore, to have been favoured, from an unquestionable source, with the particulars of his naval career from its commencement.
Sir Thomas was born at a small town near Dorchester, called Martin's Town, on the 5th of April, 1769, his father being a landed proprietor of some note,—and at the age of twelve years entered the naval service as a midshipman on board the Helena brig. of 14 guns, commanded by Captain Francis Roberts. We submit a copy of an original letter written by the subject of our memoir at the age of thirteen.
"Helena, Dorset Downs, Mar. 6,1782. "Dear Brother,—I received your letter of the 18th of last month, and was glad to hear that father, mother, sisters, and brother, and all our relations were well. We anchored here yesterday from Ostend, where we went with a convoy, and to bring one back. I was going to write to father when we were at Portsmouth, but our sailing from there so soon prevented me, and my having so much to say. We put in there from chasing another privateer, which got away again after having struck, owing to very bad weather—so bad that we could not hoist out our boat, and it being very dark. The boy and Bounce are safe on board. I was very angry with Bounce; he would not know me till I had put on my old coat. Captain Roberts likes him very much. The Captain has promised, when an opportunity offers, to send me home to go to school for some time, to learn navigation, and everything else which is proper for a sailor; therefore, should be glad if you would ask father to look out for a good school for me, as I am now resolved to learn everything as fast as I can. Direct to me in the Downs, as that is the place we always come to after our cruise is out. Captain Roberts desires his best compliments to you and all our family. My duty to father, mother, and aunt Hardy, and love to sisters and brother John; and am,
"Dear brother, yours affectionately,
"Thomas Masterman Hardy."
On the other page of the letter is written the following, by his Captain:—
"Dear Sir,—I am happy to hear, by your letter to Thomas, that all your family are well. 1 thank you for your information of my friends; I have by the same post received letters from them. Am glad to inform you that Thomas is a very good boy, and I think will make a complete seaman one day or other. He is now very desirous of learning; and please to make my compliments to your father, and tell him I think in two or three months, if he approves of it, and can procure him a good school, to send him home for an education; as it is impossible for him to learn everything that is proper for him on board ship. We were glad to find the dog safe; I think him a very fine one. My best compliments to yourself and family.

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