Thomas Davers (1689-1746)

Thomas Davers

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1689EWIKI
First Known Service1708CSORN
FatherSir Robert Davers, 2nd Bart of Rougham (d 1722)
WifeCatherine Smithson
Last Known Service10.10.1739CSORN
Date of Death16.9.1746 - Jamaica EWIKI
Cause of DeathYellow FeverEWIKI

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
1708 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/2/189RNLPC
24.12.1708 Lieutenant ADM 6/10/16ADM 6/10
24.12.170821.12.1709Deptford (48), Second Lieutenant ADM 6/10/16ADM 6/10
22.12.170910.5.1711Deptford (48), First Lieutenant ADM 6/11/15ADM 6/11
11.5.1711 Commander ADM 6/11/137ADM 6/11
11.5.171116.6.1713Seaford (24), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/11/137BWAS-1603
17.6.1713 Captain ADM 6/11/263ADM 6/11
17.6.171313.9.1716Seaford (24), Captain and Master and Commanding Officer ADM 6/11/263BWAS-1603
5.8.17182.1.1719/20Solebay (42), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/12/139BWAS-1714
16.1.1719/202.10.1724Adventure (42), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/12/190BWAS-1603
25.11.17271.7.1730Dolphin (20), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/13/175BWAS-1603
27.3.173413.4.1736Grafton (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/14/180BWAS-1714
10.8.173910.10.1739Grafton (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/209BWAS-1714
11.10.17392.3.1739/40Buckingham (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/228ADM 6/15
3.3.1739/4023.2.1741/42Suffolk (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/252ADM 6/15
4.3.1740/415.1741Operations against Cartagena 
24.4.17427.2.1742/43Stirling Castle (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/48BWAS-1714
8.4.17436.12.1743Duke (90), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/167BWAS-1714
7.12.1743 Rear-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/16/246ADM 6/16
22.12.174311.2.1743/44Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Portsmouth ADM 6/16/252ADM 6/21
29.5.174416.9.1746Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Jamaica ADM 6/16/311

Renewed 19.6.1744 as Vice-Admiral of the White

19.6.1744 Vice-Admiral of the White ADM 6/16/325ADM 6/16
174516.9.1746Cornwall (80), as Flag Officer, Vice-AdmiralBWAS-1714
23.4.1745 Vice-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/16/469ADM 6/16

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Posted by Albert Parker on Sunday 24th of November 2019 03:47

FURTHER UPDATE: Although Richmond, II, 200, says that Davers relieved Ogle in February, Charnock, IV, 40, says Davers sailed from the St. Helen's anchorage off the Isle of Wight on November 11/22, 1744, and arrived at Jamaica on March 11/22, 1745. These dates are confirmed in notices in /London Gazette/, No. 8381 (Nov. 17, 1744), p. 3 (departure) and No. 8435 (May 28, 1745), p. 1 (arrival). Charnock says that Davers ran into a storm almost immediately and reached the rendezvous at Madeira almost alone on December 18/29, but was joined shortly by most of the rest of the ships of his convoy. A few merchantmen of the convoy arrived at Jamaica ahead of the body of the convoy and its escort.

Posted by Albert Parker on Sunday 24th of November 2019 03:23

While Davers might have been *appointed* commander-in-chief at Jamaica in May 1744, he was held up by the need for his services in home waters, and did not leave England until about the end of the year, judging by his arrival at Jamaica in February 1745. Since his predecessor, Vice-Admiral Sir Challoner Ogle, was senior to him and did not arrive in England until late May or early June (a variety of dates are given), he probably did not actually turn over command to Davers until March.

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