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John Bowie

RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service13.3.1803CSORN
Last Known Service9.11.1846CSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
13.3.1803 Entered the NavyNBD1849
Ferreter (12) 1801-1807
British 12 Gun
Unrated Gunvessel
, Able Seaman
Ferreter (12) 1801-1807
British 12 Gun
Unrated Gunvessel
, Master's Mate
Linnet (14) 1806-1813
British 14 Gun
Unrated Cutter
, Master
Recruit (16) 1806-1822
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Master
20.7.1812 LieutenantCSORN
Malta (80) 1800-1840
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Lieutenant
31.10.18209.11.1846Appointed Inspecting Commander in the Coast GuardNBD1849
9.11.1846 CommanderNBD1849

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Posted by Adam Quigley on Monday 28th of June 2021 12:48

Bowie was Lieutenant on HMS Royal Sovereign and HMS Tonnant. Transferred to Cork station with admiral Benjamin Hallowell. Was captain of the Minerva and the Kite, revenue cruizers.


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Posted by Adam Quigley on Wednesday 21st of January 2015 21:49

John Bowie scuttled his gunboat nº23 on the river Ebro at Amposta on the 5th of august 1813 whilst under fire from the french. several crew were killed but Bowie kept a cool head under heavy fire and was able to save the lives of the rest. Source: united service magazine, vol 46, page 74

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