George Bettesworth

RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service24.10.1801CSORN
Last Known Service1803CSORN
Date of Death15.5.1808BWAS-1793
Cause of DeathEnemy actionCSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
24.10.1801 LieutenantCSORN
30.5.1803 Nymphe (8), Lieutenant and Commanding Officer ADM 6/55/1ADM 6/55
11.18047.1805Curieux (18), Commander and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
8.2.1805 Curieux vs Dame Ernouf 
7.18061808Crocodile (22), Commander and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
10.1807 CaptainBWAS-1793
10.180715.5.1808Tartar (32), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
15.5.1808 Action at Bergen 

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Posted by Brian Stephens on Friday 11th of April 2014 02:35

George Bettesworth - Captain, who was killed near Bergen, in Norway, in an engagement with some Danish gun-boats, had often distinguished himself by his gallant conduct on former occasions; particularly on the 4th of February, 1804, while lieutenant of the Centaur with Sir Samuel Hood. In conjunction with Lieutenant R. c. Reynolds, of the same ship, he boarded and cut out from under Fort Edward,Martinique, Le Curieuii, of 16 guns. In this enterprise Lieutenant Reynolds was killed, and his gallant companion so dreadfully cut and shot in various parts, that his recovery was, for some time, extremely doubtful. For this achievement, he was promoted to the rank of commander, and to the command of the vessel he had so gallantly captured.’ He remained in the West Indies, capturing the enemy’s cruisers, until the arrival of Lord Nelson in quest of the Toulon fleet, He was the officer who, when commander of the Curieux brig, brought the dispatches from Lord Nelson, when in pursuit of the combined fleet in the West Indies, in 1805, on which occasion he was promoted to the rank of post captain.

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