Francis Pender

RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service2.6.1772CSORN
Last Known Service4.6.1814CSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
2.6.1772 Lieutenant ADM 6/20/497CSORN
20.6.1780 Commander ADM 6/22/356CSORN
10.12.17803.2.1782Barbuda (16), Commander and Commanding Officer: On board from 11.12.1780 ADM 6/23/146
Issued by Lord George Brydges Rodney (1st Baron Rodney) (1719-1792), Barbados
Commission confirmed 30.9.1783
1.12.1787 Captain ADM 6/23/439CSORN
1.12.178713.5.1788Aquilon (32), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/439ADM 6/23
27.10.179313.7.1794Glory (98), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
16.4.179426.5.1797Resolution (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
1.6.1794 Glorious 1st of June 
8.179712.1799Saint Albans (64), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
10.18043.1805Plantagenet (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
18051806Queen (90), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
11.18051807Ocean (98), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
2.10.1807 Rear-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
28.4.1808 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
31.7.1810 Rear-Admiral of the RedCSORN
1.8.1811 Vice-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
4.6.1814 Vice-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN


CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
ADM 6/23ADM 6/23 Commission and Warrant Book 1783-1789 Aug.  Archive
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook

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Posted by Cy on Saturday 4th of August 2018 22:38

Thanks, but this page doesn't state he was commander of the Ocean at the time of Trafalgar, but that he was commander from sometime in Nov. 1805 until sometime in 1807.
He might also have found it difficult to command the Ocean (note that the prefix HMS is an anacronism) at Trafalgar as it wasn't there, not actually being launched until 3 days after the battle. Queen wasn't there either.

Posted by Roger Hutchins on Saturday 4th of August 2018 16:19

Whoops - the accounts are confusing: Pender was indeed (per this page) Captain of HMS Queen (90) at the time of Trafalgar, according to William James, The Naval History of Great Britain 1793-1820, vol 3 (1823) p. 365. BUT NB. The National Archive website Trafalgar Ancestors does not list him. This is because on 3 September Queen was one of 5 ships detached for their turn to take water at Gibraltar, and they did not return in time. Pender only moved across to HMS Ocean in November 1805.

Posted by Roger Hutchins on Saturday 4th of August 2018 14:17

Francis Pender (1747-1820), son of a Falmouth lawyer, served almost 60 years with the Navy, of which about 40 at sea. He was a non-comm on Captain Samuel Wallis's frigate HMS Dolphin (24) circumnavigating the globe in 1766-68, discovering Tahiti which thereby became the destination for Captain Cook. Pender was at the Glorious First of June, and was Captain of HMS Ocean (98) at Trafalgar.

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