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John Ford


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birthc.1738ADM 107/5
Baptism17.12.1738 - Shropshire ref:1044
First Known Service22.5.1753CSORN
FatherEdmund FordPROB11
MotherJaneref:1044
BrotherEdmundPROB11
BrotherGeorgePROB11
BrotherKirklandPROB11
SisterMaryPROB11
SisterElizabeth [Hovenden]PROB11
Last Known Service11.1795CSORN
Date of Death14.9.1796 - Kensington, London ref:676
Will Probated16.9.1796, PROB 11/1279/154

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
3.10.1759 Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/5/147RNLPC
7.4.1761 LieutenantCSORN
7.4.17611.7.1766
Swallow (14) 1745-1769
British 14 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Lieutenant ADM 6/19/306
ADM 6/19
28.10.1772 CommanderCSORN
28.10.177225.6.1773
Hazard (8) 1749-1783
British 8 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/463
BWAS-1714
25.6.1773 CaptainCSORN
25.6.177326.6.1773
Venus (36) 1758-1828
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
1807 Renamed "Heroine"
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/500
ADM 6/20
26.6.177324.11.1775
Hazard (8) 1749-1783
British 8 Gun
Unrated Sloop
, Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/20/501
ADM 6/20
13.3.177610.7.1779
Unicorn (20) 1776-1780
British 20 Gun
6th Rate Ship
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/21/169
BWAS-1714
27.9.1778 Capture of the Raleigh 
13.5.1779 Action in Cancale Bay 
10.7.177919.10.1780
Brilliant (28) 1779-1811
British 28 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
, Captain and Commanding Officer
BWAS-1714
23.11.178025.12.1782
Nymphe (36) 1780-1810
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/22/201
BWAS-1714
5.9.1781 Battle of the Chesapeake 
12.4.1782 Battle of the Saintes 
25.12.178227.6.1783
Polyphemus (64) 1782-1827
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/161
Issued by
Hugh PigotBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1735-1787
, North America
Confirmed 13.11.1783
BWAS-1714
1.5.178928.8.1791
Carnatic (74) 1783-1825
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1815 Renamed "Captain"
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/23/523
BWAS-1714
28.8.179130.8.1792
Carnatic (74) 1783-1825
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1815 Renamed "Captain"
, Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/24/130
ADM 6/24
10.9.179212.4.1794
Europa (50) 1783-1814
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Commodore
BWAS-1714
5.10.17921795Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Jamaica ADM 6/24/176ADM 6/24
19.9.1793 Commanded the British Squadron at the Capture of Jeremie 
4.1.17944.6.1794Operations against San Domingo 
12.4.1794 Rear-Admiral of the BlueCSORN
12.4.179414.9.1795
Europa (50) 1783-1814
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
, as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the Blue
BWAS-1714
4.6.1794 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
1.6.1795 Vice-Admiral of the BlueCSORN


Previous comments on this page

Posted by Max on Tuesday 31st of August 2021 21:57

I own his logbook 1792-4 while CiC Jamaica Station, very clear handwriting. Anyone interested for research may contact me.


Posted by Robert Lancashire on Sunday 6th of September 2020 00:03

His will PROB 11/1279/154 was free to download from the National Archives during the covid shutdown and although the writing is hard to interpret I believe some of the transcriptions are not correct, for example I think Kirkland may be Richard and Elizabeth's husband might be Stevenson? Jane's husband may be Maddork or Maddock? etc.


Posted by Brian on Sunday 3rd of January 2016 21:47

Edinburgh Advertiser April 25, 1775 - Tuesday last, was carried into the Port of Newcastle, seized by Capt. Ford of the Hazard sloop of war, a large smuggling chaloupe, with a large quantity of Geneva, tea, etc. mounted with four carriage guns and ten swivel guns, and otherwise well armed. She is a very swift sailer. The Captain of the Hazard discovered her under the pretence of being a collier with which she made up to trade and barter. The cargo is valed at l. 1000

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