Joseph James

RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service16.11.1793CSORN
Last Known Service1815CSORN
Date of Death3.1837 - JamesDAR-1837

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
16.11.1793 LieutenantCSORN
17981801Attack (12), Lieutenant and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
29.4.1802 CommanderCSORN
5.18041809Meteor (8), Commander and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
23.7.1804 Bombardment of Le Havre 
1.8.1804 Bombardment of Le Havre 
9.18051809Kite (16), Commander and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
19.2.180720.2.1807Forcing the Dardanelles 
1.3.18073.3.1807Passage of the Dardanelles 
15.8.18077.9.1807Second Battle of Copenhagen 
23.8.1807 Aciton of 1807-08-23 
3.9.1808 Action of Nyborg 
21.8.1809 CaptainCSORN
9.18091810Saint George (98), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
18141815Imperieuse (38), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793

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Posted by Brian on Saturday 14th of June 2014 16:56

Capt. James, R.N.
Lately. At Exeter, aged 77, Joseph James esq. a Post Captain R.N.
The officer was a native of Somersetshire, and was educated at Valognes in Normandy. In 1779 he entered the Navy as midshipman in the Stag 32, in which he served until 1783, chiefly on the Channel station, and assisted in the capture of many vessels. He then served for three years in the Griffin cutter; and during the Spanish armament he was master's mate of the Melampus frigate. He was made Lieutenant (Nov. 10 1793) into the Inspector sloop, in which he joined the expedition to Martinique; and during the operations against the French colonies he occasionally commanded a division of gun-boats. Aug. 1794, when Lieut. James was appointed to the Alfred 74, in which he assisted at the capture of la Favorite 22, la Renommee 44, le Scipio 20; and at the reduction of St. Lucie and Trinidad. He returned with her to England in the autumn of 1798. Lieut. James was the appointed to command the Attack gun-brig, in which he was employed in covering the British debarkation near the Helder. He attained the rank of Commander in 1802. In March 1804 he was appointed to the Sea Fencible service in Ireland; but six weeks after was removed to the Meteor bomb; in which his conduct at Harve was highly eulogized by his senior officer. In Oct. 1805 he removed to the Kite brig. of 16 guns, in which he made several recaptures on the Dungeness station, and intercepted le Chasseur privateer, of 16 guns , in Feb. 1807. In Aug. of that year the Kite was engaged in the gun-boat action before Copenhagen; and in Sept. 1808 he sustained a very unequal contest with 22 vessels, making a total of 44 guns, off Sproe island. Whilst refitting at Gottenburg he received the thanks of the Admiralty for his bravery and great perseverance in saving his Majesty's sloop; and was promised by Lord Mulgrave the first post ship that should become vacant on the Baltic station. In Aug. 1809 he was promoted into the St George 98, bearing the flag of Rear-Adm. Pickmore, in which he continued about four months, until that officer was superseded. Capt. James last appointment was Aug. 1814, to the Tanais of 46 guns, fitting for the Jamaica station. In may 1815, when in the Spanish Main, for the purpose of affording protection to British commerce, he was induced to visit the celebrated Bolivar, who had then been for six weeks encamped before Carthagena, being refused admittance by Castilto, a rival Chieftain, who had constituted himself governor. Te Patriot received Capt. James with great cordiality and offered to accept his mediation. The interference of a British officer could not fail to have some influence with the contending parties; and, as Bolivar had no cannon, except a few field pieces he was induced to disband his troops, and proceed under Capt. James protection to Jamaica. The garrison of Carthagena were subsequently starved to a surrender; Castilto and many of his adherents were put to death, by order of the royalist general Morillo; and Bolivar, had been there, would probably have shared the same fate. The Tanais was paid off in May 1816.
Capt. James married in 1803 Bridget Elizabeth, second daughter of Arthur Raymond, of Lyme, co. Dorset, esq.

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