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
UncleThomas Graves (d.1755)ref:676
NephewJohn Graves (d.1811)ref:950
NephewRichard Graves (1758-1836)ref:950
NephewSir Thomas Graves (1747-1814)ref:950
NephewSamuel Gravesref:950
BrotherRev. John Graves (1709-1770)ref:950
Last Known Service8.4.1782ODNB
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 ExaminationNBD1849
3.3.1739/40 Lieutenant ADM 6/15/253CSORN
19.7.174320.12.1743Cumberland (80), First Lieutenant ADM 6/17/432
Commission confirmed 17.1.1748/49
ADM 6/17
5.12.1743 Commander ADM 6/17/432ADM 6/17
5.12.174311.9.1744Bonetta (8), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/431
Commission confirmed 17.1.1748/49
ADM 6/17
11.9.1744 Captain ADM 6/17/408CSORN
11.9.174410.5.1747Rippon's Prize (20), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/17/408
Commission confirmed 18.11.1748
BWAS-1714
15.6.175617.11.1756Duke (90), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/279BWAS-1714
17.11.175617.1.1757Weymouth (60), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/326ADM 6/18
18.6.175719.10.1757Princess Amelia (80), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/412BWAS-1714
19.10.175730.5.1759Barfleur (80), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/18/446ADM 6/18
30.5.175921.10.1762Duke (90), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/68BWAS-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
1.17742.1776Preston (50), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the BlueBWAS-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
5.2.1776 Vice-Admiral of the RedCSORN
29.1.1778 Admiral of the BlueCSORN
8.4.1782 Admiral of the WhiteCSORN


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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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