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Matthew Michel


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birthc.1705HPO
First Known Service11.4.1728CSORN
A.K.A.MitchellCSORN
FatherChristopher MichellHPO
MotherAnne WillysHPO
WifeFrances Ashfordby - Married 4.3.1748/49HPO
SonUnknownHPO
DaughterUnknownHPO
Last Known Service22.7.1745CSORN
Date of Death29.4.1752CSORN

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
11.4.1729 LieutenantCSORN
11.4.172918.5.1731
Advice (54) 1712-1749
British 54 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
1744 Renamed "Milford"
, Third Lt. & Lt. at Arms, ADM 6/14/22
ADM 6/14
19.5.173123.12.1731
Cornwall (80) 1726-1761
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Fourth Lt. & Lt. at Arms, ADM 6/14/77
ADM 6/14
14.6.173211.1.1732/33
Royal Oak (70) 1713-1737
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Third Lieutenant, ADM 6/14/111
ADM 6/14
12.1.1732/335.3.1733/34
Solebay (6) 1711-1748
British 6 Gun
6th Rate Ship
, Lieutenant, ADM 6/14/133
ADM 6/14
6.3.1733/3427.7.1738
Ipswich (70) 1730-1764
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1757 Renamed "Ipswich Hulk"
, Second Lieutenant, ADM 6/15/172
ADM 6/14
28.7.1738 CommanderCSORN
28.7.17388.12.1738
Terrible (6) 1730-1749
British 6 Gun
Unrated Bomb Vessel
, Commander, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/135
BWAS-1714
7.6.173925.10.1739
Terrible (6) 1730-1749
British 6 Gun
Unrated Bomb Vessel
, Commander, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/180
ADM 6/15
15.2.1739/4015.6.1740
Swift (6) 1721-1741
British 6 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/248
ADM 6/15
30.6.1740 CaptainCSORN
30.6.17402.11.1740
Pearl (40) 1726-1744
British 40 Gun
5th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/15/302
BWAS-1714
3.11.174016.8.1742
Gloucester (50) 1737-1742
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/214
Confirmed 29.8.1743
BWAS-1714
27.10.174313.2.1744/45
Worcester (58) 1735-1765
British 58 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/233
BWAS-1714
14.2.1744/4522.7.1745
Barfleur (90) 1716-1755
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain, and Commanding Officer ADM 6/16/498
Confirmed 21.6.1745
BWAS-1714
3.1747/48 Resigned from the NavyCSORN
16.11.174829.4.1752Elected a Member of Parliament for WestburyHPO

Notes on Officer


Biographyref:1059

MICHELL or MITCHELL, MATTHEW (d. 1752), commodore, was promoted to be lieutenant of the Advice with Captain William Martin. on 11 April 1729. He afterwards served in the Royal Oak and Ipswich, and in August 1738 was promoted to the command of the Terrible bomb, employed in the North Sea. In 1740 he commanded the Swift sloop in the Channel; and in June 1740 was posted to the Pearl frigate, one of the squadron which, on 18 Sept. 1740, sailed for the South Seas under the command of Commodore George (afterwards Lord) Anson. At Madeira he was moved into the Gloucester of 50 guns, the only ship of force, besides the Centurion, which doubled Cape Horn and reached Juan Fernandez. The sufferings of her crew from scurvy and want of water had been very great, and many men had died. When the few survivors had recovered their health, and with such reinforcements as circumstances permitted, the Gloucester rejoined the commodore off Paita in November 1741, continued with him during the remainder of his cruise on the American coast, and sailed with him for China. The sickness broke out again worse than before, and in a violent storm the ship lost her topmasts and sprang a leak. With jury-topmasts she sailed so badly as to endanger the safety of her consort; she had only sixteen men and eleven boys able, in any way, to do duty, and many of these were sick. She had seven feet of water in the hold, and there were no means of freeing her or of stopping the leak. It was therefore determined to abandon her and set her on fire. Michell, with the miserable remnant of his ship's company, went on in the Centurion to Macao, whence he took a passage home in a Swedish ship. He arrived in England in June 1743, and in October was appointed to the Worcester, in which he joined the fleet under Sir John Norris. in January 1743-4. He was afterwards commodore of a small squadron on the coast of Flanders and off Dunkirk, on which service he continued until March 1748, when, on the plea that his private affairs required his presence in England, he was permitted to resign his command. In 1747 he was elected member of parliament for Westbury. He died 'in the prime of life,' 29 April 1752. He married in 1749 Frances, daughter of Mr. Ashfordby of Norfolk Street, London, with whom, it was announced, he received a fortune of 20,000l. The name is commonly misspelt Mitchell. The spelling given here is that of his own signature.




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