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John Benbow


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth10.3.1652/53 - Cotton Hill,Shrewsbury ,ShropshireCSORN
First Known Service30.4.1678CSORN
FatherWilliam BenbowODNB
MotherMarthaODNB
WifeMartha (d1722)ODNB
Son
John BenbowBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695-1701
ODNB
Last Known Service4.11.1702CSORN
Date of Death4.11.1702 - Port Royal, KingstonODNB
Cause of DeathWounds received in actionCSORN

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
30.4.167815.6.1679
Rupert (64) 1666-1702
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Master's Mate
 
15.6.167911.9.1681
Nonsuch (36) 1668-1695
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Ship
, Master
 
1686 Owned and commanded a ship named the Benbow in the Levant tradeODNB
5.1686 Commanding the merchant vessel Malaga Merchant when she made a "stout and successful defence against a Salé rover"ODNB
1.6.1689 LieutenantODNB
1.6.168920.9.1689
Elizabeth (70) 1679-1704
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Third Lieutenant
ODNB
30.9.1689 CaptainCSORN
30.9.168926.10.1689
York (58) 1653-1703
British 58 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1660 Renamed "York"
, Captain and Commanding Officer
TRN2
26.10.168912.11.1689
Bonaventure (52) 1683-1699
British 52 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer
ODNB
12.11.1689 May have been briefly (for a few days at most) in command of the Britannia, but she was laid up at the timeODNB
12.1689 Appointed master attendant of Chatham DockyardODNB
1690 Acted as Master of the FleetODNB
3.1689/90 Appointed master attendant of Deptford DockyardODNB
1692 Acted as Master of the FleetODNB
1692 
Britannia (100) 1682-1715
British 100 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
, Master
ODNB
5.1692 Elected an elder brother of Trinity HouseODNB
19.5.1692 Battle of Barfleur 
6.1692 Returned to his post as master attendant of Deptford DockyardODNB
9.1693 Appointed to joint command of a flotilla of bomb vessels ordered to attack St MaloODNB
9.169312.1693
Norwich (54) 1693-1712
British 54 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Commodore
ODNB
16.11.169319.11.1693Bombardment of St Malo 
9.1694 Appointed to joint command of a flotilla of bomb vessels ordered to attack DunkirkODNB
16.3.1694/95 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — France ADM 6/3/41

"The coast of France"

ADM 6/3
10.6.169530.9.1695
Northumberland (70) 1679-1699
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/3/61
BWAS-1603
1.5.1696 Rear-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/3/150CSORN
5.5.1696 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Dunkirk

... "to be Commander in chief of his Majesties ships employed before Dunkirke, to continue in force during the current expedition."

ADM 6/3
1697 
Duke (90) 1682-1699
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the Blue
BWAS-1603
16.3.1697/98 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — West IndiesADM 6/5
13.11.16981701
Gloucester (60) 1695-1731
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the Blue
BWAS-1603
170111.1702
Bredah (70) 1692-1730
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral of the White
TRN2
30.6.1701 Vice-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/6/106CSORN
9.17011702Commander of the British Fleet for the West indies  
17024.11.1702Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Jamaica ADM 6/3/41HJ-DB
19.1.1701/2 Vice-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
20.8.170224.8.1702Commanded the The British Squadron at the Benbow vs DuCasse 

Notes on Officer


Date of BirthODNB

Generally acepted as 1653, the date given is that recorded by the astrologer Partridge. for which no other documentary evidence exists.


However his age is given as 52 on his tombstone, which would place his birth in circa 1650.




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