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Thomas Davers (1689-1746)

Thomas Davers


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1689E-WIKI
First Known Service22.10.1704CSORN
FatherSir Robert Davers, 2nd Bart of Rougham (d 1722)
WifeCatherine Smithson
DaughterCatharine
SonThomas
DaughterMary
Last Known Service16.9.1746CSORN
Date of Death16.9.1746 - Jamaica E-WIKI
Cause of DeathYellow FeverE-WIKI

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
8.11.1708 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/2/189RNLPC
24.12.1708 LieutenantADM 6/10
24.12.170821.12.1709
Deptford (48) 1700-1717
British 48 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Second Lieutenant ADM 6/10/16
ADM 6/10
22.12.170910.5.1711
Deptford (48) 1700-1717
British 48 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, First Lieutenant ADM 6/11/15
ADM 6/11
11.5.1711 CommanderADM 6/11
11.5.171116.6.1713
Seaford (24) 1697-1722
British 24 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/11/137
BWAS-1603
17.6.1713 CaptainADM 6/11
17.6.171317.9.1715
Seaford (24) 1697-1722
British 24 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
, Captain and Master and Commanding Officer ADM 6/11/263
BWAS-1603
5.8.17182.1.1719/20
Solebay (42) 1711-1748
British 42 Gun
6th Rate Ship
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/12/139
BWAS-1714
16.1.1719/202.10.1724
Adventure (42) 1709-1724
British 42 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/12/190
BWAS-1603
25.11.17271.7.1730
Dolphin (20) 1711-1730
British 20 Gun
5th Rate Ship
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/13/175
BWAS-1603
27.3.173413.4.1736
Grafton (70) 1725-1744
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/14/180
BWAS-1714
10.8.173910.10.1739
Grafton (70) 1725-1744
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/209
BWAS-1714
11.10.17392.3.1739/40
Buckingham (70) 1731-1745
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/228
ADM 6/15
3.3.1739/4023.2.1741/42
Suffolk (70) 1739-1765
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/252
ADM 6/15
4.3.1740/415.1741Operations against Cartagena 
24.4.17427.2.1742/43
Stirling Castle (70) 1742-1762
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/48
BWAS-1714
8.4.17436.12.1743
Duke (90) 1739-1769
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/167
BWAS-1714
7.12.1743 Rear-Admiral of the RedADM 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

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19.6.1744 Vice-Admiral of the WhiteADM 6/16
23.4.1745 Vice-Admiral of the RedADM 6/16
c.23.4.174516.9.1746
Cornwall (80) 1726-1761
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral ADM 6/16/189
BWAS-1714


Previous comments on this page

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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