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William Blight

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1785NMM
First Known Service9.5.1793CSORN
WifeLouisa HowellNBD1849
Emanuel BlightBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1803-1815
Last Known Service27.9.1855CSORN
Date of Death22.7.1862NMM

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
9.5.1793 Entered the NavyNBD1849
Intrepid (64) 1770-1815
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Volunteer
15.4.1803 LieutenantCSORN
Britannia (100) 1762-1825
British 100 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
1812 Renamed "Princess Royal"
1812 Renamed "Saint George"
1819 Renamed "Barfleur"
, Lieutenant
21.10.1805 Battle of Trafalgar 
Phoebe (36) 1795-1841
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
, Lieutenant
Dreadnought (98) 1801-1857
British 98 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
, Flag Lieutenant
Nereide (36) 1797-1810
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
, First Lieutenant
24.7.1809 Appointed Agent for TransportsNBD1849
Princess Sophia Frederica (74) 1807-1816
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Lieutenant and Commanding Officer
16.11.1815 Left the Post of Agent for Transports for Half-payNBD1849
Queen Charlotte (100) 1810-1892
British 100 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
, First Lieutenant
14.2.1821 CommanderNBD1849
Britannia (120) 1820-1869
British 120 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
, Commander
22.7.1830 CaptainNBD1849
22.7.1830 Placed on Half-PayNBD1849
1.10.1850 Superannuated CaptainNMM
27.9.1855 Superannuated Rear-AdmiralNMM

Notes on Officer


BLIGHT, WILLIAM (1785–1862), captain in the royal navy, was entered 9 May 1793, as a volunteer on board the Intrepid, 64 guns, under the command of Captain the Hon. Charles Carpenter. In that ship he continued as midshipman, masters mate, and acting lieutenant, most of the time in the East and West Indies, until confirmed as lieutenant, 15 April 1803, and appointed to the Britannia of 100 guns, with Captain, and afterwards Rear-admiral, the Earl of Northesk. In the Britannia he had his share in the glory of Trafalgar, and was sent to take possession of the French Aigle of 74 guns, which was lost in the gale immediately after the battle. Blight, however, was fortunately rescued in time, and in the spring of 1806 followed Lord Northesk into the Dreadnought. In August 1806 he was appointed to the Néréide, 36 guns, with Captain Corbet, and served in the attack on Buenos Ayres July 1807. The Néréide afterwards went to the East Indies, and in February 1809, when Captain Corbet was tried for cruelty [see Corbet, Robert], Blight, then first lieutenant, was the principal witness in defence. He was afterwards, 1812-14, agent for transports at Palermo ; in 1819-21 first lieutenant of the Queen Charlotte, flagship at Portsmouth; and 12 Feb. 1821 was promoted to the rank of commander. In May 1828 he was appointed to the Britannia, carrying the flag of Lord Northesk as commander-in-chief at Plymouth, from which he was transferred to the St. Vincent, and was posted from her on 22 July 1830. He held no further appointment in the navy, and retired with the rank of rear-admiral 27 Sept. 1855. He died 22 July 1862.

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Posted by Helen Blight on Thursday 1st of September 2016 11:35

It is possible that William is related to my wife. Any information would be gratefully received.

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