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Samuel Graves


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth17.4.1713ODNB
First Known Service21.11.1732ODNB
FatherSamuel Graves (1674-1727)ref:676
WifeMargaret Spinkesref:676
WifeElizabeth Sedgwick (d. 1767)ref:676
Uncle
Thomas GravesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1702-1747
ref:676
Nephew
Richard GravesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1775-1804
ref:950
Nephew
Sir Thomas GravesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1765-1812
ref:950
Nephew
Samuel GravesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1762-1803
ref:950
Nephew
John GravesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1729-1805
ref:950
BrotherRev. John Graves (1709-1770)ref:950
Last Known Service16.5.1783ODNB
Date of Death8.3.1787 - Honiton, DevonODNB

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
21.11.1732 Entered the NavyNBD1849
6.10.1739 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/3/351NBD1849
3.3.1739/40 Lieutenant ADM 6/15/253CSORN
19.7.174320.12.1743
Cumberland (80) 1739-1748
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, First Lieutenant ADM 6/17/432
Confirmed 17.1.1748/49
ADM 6/17
5.12.1743 Commander ADM 6/17/432ADM 6/17
5.12.174311.9.1744
Bonetta (8) 1732-1744
British 8 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/431
Confirmed 17.1.1748/49
ADM 6/17
11.9.1744 Captain ADM 6/17/408CSORN
11.9.174410.5.1747
Rippon's Prize (20) 1744-1747
British 20 Gun
6th Rate Ship
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/408
Confirmed 18.11.1748
BWAS-1714
15.6.175617.11.1756
Duke (90) 1739-1769
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/279
BWAS-1714
17.11.175617.1.1757
Weymouth (60) 1752-1772
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/326
ADM 6/18
18.6.175719.10.1757
Princess Amelia (80) 1757-1788
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/412
BWAS-1714
5.9.17576.10.1757Raid on Rochefort 
19.10.17579.1.1759
Barfleur (80) 1755-1783
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1764 Renamed "Barfleur Hulk"
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/446
ADM 6/18
5.6.175812.6.1758Raid on Saint-Malo 
30.5.175921.10.1762
Duke (90) 1739-1769
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/68
BWAS-1714
20.11.1759 Battle of Quiberon Bay 
21.10.1762 Rear-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/19/445CSORN
18.10.1770 Rear-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/20/302CSORN
24.10.1770 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/20/305CSORN
1.17742.1776
Preston (50) 1757-1815
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 107/3/136
BWAS-1714
28.3.177427.1.1776Appointed Commander-in-Chief — North America ADM 6/21/19ADM 6/21
1.1.1775 Commander of the North American Squadron on the 1st of January 1775  
31.3.1775 Vice-Admiral of the White ADM 6/21/83CSORN
7.12.1775 Vice-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/21/155ADM 6/21
10.9.177716.5.1783Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Plymouth ADM 6/21/311ADM 6/21
29.1.1778 Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/21/359CSORN
8.4.1782 Admiral of the White ADM 6/22/447CSORN


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Posted by Brian on Tuesday 13th of May 2014 20:20

Obit: At his seat in Hembury Fort, co. Devon, Samuel Graves Esq. Admiral of his Majesty's white squadron, to which high station he rose gradually, without the aid of any parliamentary interest, by near sixty years intrepid services and the most unblemished integrity. He served as Lieutenant of the Norfolk at the siege of Carthagena under that brave and much injured officer, his uncle. At the attack of St. Philips and St. Jago's batteries, which, being out of reach of the cannon of the ship, impeded the progress of the land forces and he bore an honourable share in the taking of the sixteen gun battery. Sir Chaloner Ogle, who commanded his Majesty's fleet in the West Indies, appointed him to the command of his tender, from whence, on account of his gallant services, he was promoted to the Ribbon's Prize, in which he was eminently distinguished by the capture of several ships of a very superior force - in the succeeding war he was employed in the channel, and was in the memorable action of 1759, under Sir Edward Hawke, whose friendship he ever after enjoyed. In the beginning of the late unhappy war , he had the naval command at Boston; and his conduct there, as was natural, became the subject of severe animadversion amongst those who could not know the decisive spirit which he recommended in all the General Councils etc...Upon his return from America he was appointed to the command at Plymouth which he nobly relinquished etc... He died in the 74th year of his age of a hemorrhage in the bladder, after a short illness, which he bore with utmost fortitude. He was twice married; 1. to Elizabeth, sole daughter of ....Sedgwick, esq., of Staindrop, co. Durham; and 2. Margaret, daughter of Elmes Spinckes, esq., of Aldwinckle, co. Northampt.

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