Jeremiah Coghlan

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1775SNForum
First Known Service22.9.1800SNForum
NephewFrancis Rogers CoghlanSNForum
Last Known Service1830SNForum
Date of Death4.3.1844 - RydeSNForum

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
22.9.1800 LieutenantCSORN
22.9.18004.1801Viper (12), Lieutenant and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
4.18021804Nimble (10), Lieutenant and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
1.5.1804 CommanderCSORN
1.5.18041807Renard (18), Commander and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
18061808Lark (16), Commander and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
8.180727.11.1810Elk (16), Commander and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
27.11.1810 CaptainCSORN
12.18111813Euryalus (36), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
1812 Caesar (80), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
1.18134.1814Caledonia (120), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
2.18147.1814Alcmene (38), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
4.1.1815 Appointed Companion of the Companion of the Order of the BathSNForum
3.18231830Forte (38), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793

Notes on Officer

Cutting out operation on 14th July 1800
In the latter end of July, while the 14-gun cutter Viper, commanded by acting Lieutenant Jeremiah Coghlan], and attached to Sir [Edward Pellew]'s squadron, was watching Port-Louis, it occurred to the former young officer, that be might succeed in boarding one of the cutters or gun-vessels, which were constantly moving about the entrance of that harbour. His first step was to request of Sir Edward Pellew a ten-oared cutter, with 12 volunteers. Having obtained the boat and men, Mr. Coghlan, on the night of the 26th, placed in her a midshipman of the Viper, Mr. [Silas Hiscutt Paddon], and six seamen, making with himself a total of 20. With this ten-oared cutter, a boat from the Viper, and another from the Amethyst frigate, Mr. Coghlan, set out to board a French gun-brig, mounting three long 24, and four 6 pounders, full of men, moored with springs on her cables, lying in a naval port of difficult access, within pistol-shot of three batteries, surrounded by several armed small-craft, and not a mile from a French 74 and two frigates.

Undismayed by such formidable appearances, regardless of the early discovery of his approach, as evinced by the gun-brig's crew being at quarters, or even of the lost aid of the two other boats, which in spite of all the endeavours of their respective crews, could not keep pace with the cutter - in the very teeth of all these obstacles, Mr. Coghlan and his handful of men boarded the gun-brig on the quarter. Owing to the extreme darkness of the night, the leader of this resolute band jumped into a trawl-net hung up to dry. In this helpless situation Mr. Coghlan was pierced through the left thigh with a pike: several of his men were also hurt; and the whole were forced back into the boat.

Unchecked in ardour, the British hauled their boat farther ahead ; and, again boarding the gun-brig, maintained against 87 men, 16 of whom were soldiers, an obstinate conflict, during which many of the British were knocked overboard, and the which whole, a second time, beat back to their boat. Notwithstanding this, however, the assailants returned to the charge with unabated courage; and, after killing six men, and wounding 20, among whom was every officer belonging to her, Mr. Coghlan and his truly gallant comrades carried the Cerbère. His own loss on this splendid occasion was one man killed and eight wounded, himself in two places, and Mr. Paddon in six


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CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook

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Posted by Tim Oakley on Thursday 23rd of January 2014 23:31

Jeremiah an Irish mate on a merchant vessel who came to the aide of the wrecked West Indiaman transport Dutton in Plymouth Sound to aide Edward Pellew in the rescue of troops and families 26th Jan 1796 after the rescue invited to join the Indefatigable by Pellew as able seaman then promoted to masters mate. Followed Pellew to the Impetueux Mar 1799

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