Richard Thomas

RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service15.1.1797CSORN
Last Known Service1813CSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
15.1.1797 LieutenantCSORN
18.1.1803 CommanderCSORN
1.180412.1805Aetna (8), Commander and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
22.10.1805 CaptainCSORN
3.11.18054.11.1805Bellerophon (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
18061807Queen (90), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
18077.1809Ocean (98), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
1.1809 Spartan (38), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
4.18091811Ville de Paris (110), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
2.18111813Undaunted (38), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
29.4.1811 Action of 1811-04-29 
29.4.1812 Boat action in the Rhone 
29.4.1812 Action of 1812-04-29 
30.3.1813 Action of 1813-03-30 
18.8.1813 Attack on the Batteries at Cassis 


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

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Posted by Ben on Tuesday 6th of March 2012 18:48

Thomas was only captain of Bellerophon for a single day, 3 November 1805, and not the two years shown. He superseded Lt. Cumby on that day, Cumby having been in command since Cooke's death at Trafalgar. Thomas's commission took effect on 3 November, but was apparently post-dated to 22 October 1805, the day after Cooke's death. He was almost immediately superseded however, on 4 November, by Edward Rotheram, who sailed Bellerophon back to Britain on 5 November.

Thomas's DNB entry incidentally notes he was rear-admiral from 10 Jan. 1837, c-in-c Pacific from 1841 to 1844, vice-admiral from 8 Jan. 1848, and admiral from 11 Sept. 1854, dying on 21 Aug. 1857.

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