Thomas Tonken

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birthc.1732ADM 107/4
First Known Service7.12.1749CSORN
SonThomas TonkenADM 6/21
Last Known Service5.9.1791CSORN
Date of Death9.1791CSORN
Will Probated11.9.1791, PROB 11/1209/133

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
7.11.17543.9.1755Wager (24), Master ADM 107/4/352ADM 107/4
4.9.17554.2.1756Isis (50), Master ADM 107/4/352ADM 107/4
4.2.1756 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/4/352RNLPC
6.4.1757 Lieutenant ADM 6/18/382CSORN
6.12.176619.2.1767Achilles (60), Second Lieutenant ADM 6/20/150ADM 6/20
19.2.17677.4.1767Achilles (60), First Lieutenant ADM 6/20/156ADM 6/20
25.12.1778 Commander ADM 6/21/574CSORN
25.12.1778 Otter (14), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/574
Issued by James Gambier (1723-1789), North America
Commission confirmed 21.6.1779
26.12.17781782Appointed Principal Agent of Transports at New YorkADM1
15.5.1780 Captain ADM 6/22/156CSORN
15.5.178012.7.1781Charlestown (28), Captain and Commanding Officer: On board from 16.5.1780 ADM 6/22/156
Issued by Marriot Arbuthnot (1711-1794), North America
Commission confirmed 1.8.1780
ADM 6/22
25.9.178720.2.1788Sandwich (90), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/417BWAS-1714
10.5.179024.2.1791Sandwich (90), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/27BWAS-1714
24.3.17915.9.1791Dictator (64), Captain and Commanding Officer: On board from 26.3.1791 ADM 6/24/111BWAS-1714

Notes on Officer

ADM/L entryref:559
Refers to him as Lt Thomas Tonker


ADM 107/4ADM 107/4 1745-1757 Lieutenants' passing certificates. Archive
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
ADM 6/21ADM 6/21 Commission and Warrant Book 1774 Jan.-1779 June  Archive
RNLPCRoyal Navy Lieutenants' Passing Certificates 1691-1902Bruno PappalardoBook
ADM 6/20ADM 6/20 Commission and Warrant Book 1764-1773 Archive
ADM6ADM 6 Admiralty:Service Records, Registers, Returns and CertificatesAuthorityArchive
ADM1ADM 1 Admiralty: Correspondence and PapersAuthorityBook
ADM 6/22ADM 6/22 Commission and Warrant Book 1779 July-1782 Archive
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ref:559Australlian RoyaltyMarion PurnellWeb Site

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Posted by Bob Brooks on Friday 31st of May 2013 18:58

Thomas Tonken served the entire American War without weighing anchor of a warship. On 09 June 1775 he was appointed 1st Lieut., HMS Mars, 3d rate/74, a guardship at Sheerness, but was superseded 12 Aug 1776 (ADM 6/21, pp. 96 & 113) whereupon he took a position as Lieutenant, Agent of Transports for Sir Peter Parker's Southern Expedition, the failed attempt to take Charlestown SC, afterwhich he served with transports at New York. On 25 Dec 1778 RAdm James Gambier promoted him Commander, HMS Otter, Armed Ship in a "command for a day" promotion to establish his rank (ADM 6/21, p.574, confirmed 14 June 1779) sfterwhich re served as a Principal Agent of Transports (ADM 1/2592/11/1). Tonken would get a second "command for a day" on 15 May 1780 when VAdm Mariot Arbuthnot appointed him Captain, HMS Charlestown, 5th rate/32 (ex-USS Boston taken in the harbor when Charlestown, SC, surrendered). Tonken was superseded on 16 May 1780 by Captain Henry Francis Evans (ADM 1/486, ff.373-75). Again Tonken resumed duties as a Principal Agent of Transports until returning to England in early 1782.

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